NEW YORK - The City Council is cracking down on illegal dumping and pushing for a cleaner New York.

Officials passed a package of bills that will allow the Sanitation Department to search trash to identify offenders. 

The legislation is primarily aimed at businesses and contractors who leave trash and debris on sidewalks.

The Sanitation Department will look for information like a contractor's logo then fine the person or business responsible.

Fines for both public littering and illegal commercial dumping will increase.

Another bill required the Sanitation Department to come up with a plan to increase enforcement against littering from vehicles.