IT’S THE LAW
Section 16-119 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York says:
It shall be unlawful for any person, their agent, employee or any person under his or her control to suffer or permit any dirt,
sand, gravel, clay, loam, stone, rocks, rubble, building rubbish, sawdust, shavings or trade or household waste, refuse, ashes, manure, garbage, rubbish or debris of any sort or any other organic or inorganic material or thing or other offensive matter being transported in a dump truck or other vehicle to be dumped, deposited or otherwise disposed of in or upon any street, lot, park, public place or other area whether publicly or privately owned.
Both owner and driver of the vehicle are liable for the dumping. Fines for the owner of the vehicle range from $1,500 to $20,000. In instances where the owner and the operator are different, the maximum fine can go up to $40,000. In citizen
complaint cases, a summons is generally issued to the registered owner of the reported vehicle.
Where information furnished by an individual to the Sanitation Department has resulted in a fine or civil penalty for unlawful dumping, at the discretion of the Sanitation Commissioner, 50% of the amount collected shall be offered as a reward to said individual.