A stretch of streets in one Queens neighborhood has become a dumping ground since the city removed area litter baskets, action the Sanitation Department says residents brought upon themselves. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.
Bags of household trash pile up on the corners of Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood where residents say it's been like this for several months, ever since the city removed litter baskets in the area.
"It looks terrible. It really looks awful," says area resident Maureen Walthers.
"The smell and the way it looks, it's terrible," area resident Arthur Figueroa says.
Terrible for those living in the area who admit the problem stems from neighboring residents throwing their household garbage in public trash cans.
"Nobody cares, everyone just brings their garbage out from their house," Figueroa says.
"Either the landlords aren't providing enough garbage cans or there's too many people living in the house or people just don't care," Walthers says.
The garbage has become such a problem that even the Post Office has asked people not to dump on its property.
We contacted The Department of Sanitation and a spokeswoman confirmed four baskets were removed earlier this year due to chronic residential and commercial misuse.
She went on to say, this location was monitored by Santitation Department enforcement; however, it was apparent that summonses and community outreach did not totally alleviate the situation.
The spokeswoman said DSNY Enforcement will continue to monitor the area, and the night task force will conduct surveillance during the evening hours.
Tougher measures are what residents believe will force their neighbors to do the right thing.
"They need to raise the fine maybe to a higher fine so they can start obeying the law," Figueroa says.
"Catching people and fining them, that's the only thing that's going to stop it," Walthers says.
We will keep you updated.