2004-06-18 / Community

Caught Ditching Fridge, Grass

By Brian Magoolaghan

Caught Ditching Fridge, Grass

By Brian Magoolaghan

Two Rockaway men were busted and their vehicles impounded when Sanitation police spotted them allegedly dumping an old kitchen appliance and yard waste in two separate incidents in Rockaway last month.

Humberto Feliciano, of 312 Beach 31 Street, was stopped by plainclothes Department of Sanitation Illegal Dumping Task Force officers at Beach 35 Street and Edgemere Road. Feliciano was trying to ditch an old refrigerator, authorities said.

Fausto Mejia, of 535 Beach 63 Street, was caught allegedly dumping about three cubic yards of dirt and grass at 643 Beach 63 Street, right near his Rockaway residence.

Feliciano and Mejia face a minimum fine of $1,500 and their 2000 Nissan and 1992 Isuzu SUV’s, respectively, were seized and impounded. Fines for dumping go as high as $20,000 and there is an additional clean-up cost of $150 per cubic yard.

The task force impounded a dozen vehicles in connection with incidents in four of the Five Boroughs last month. Half of those incidents happened in Queens. Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty said dumpers, "shamefully use our streets and lots as their personal dumping grounds," and urged city residents to report illegal dumping activity by calling 311.

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