Thieves are robbing the UES — of recyclables — according to the New York Sun.
A City Council official said the Department of Sanitation is picking up as much as 25% less in recycling materials on the Upper East Side than it was last year, due at least in part to people who are stealing bundles and cashing them in with recyclers.
The chairman of the council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management, Michael McMahon, a Democrat of Staten Island, introduced a bill last month to increase the fine to a minimum of $1,000 and to impound the vehicles of anyone illegally picking up recyclables in bulk and hauling them away. “It’s an enormous problem,” he said, adding that it was important to address because the paper and metal collected help pay for the city’s recycling program. “The taxpayer loses,” a vice president of the 13th precinct community council, Jon Schachter, said.
Is this really a problem?