Skip to main content

Featured Post

Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park graphic: what's built/what's coming + FAQ (pinned post)

Post: Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has been dumping trash at high school for six years

In Cleaning crew admits they dumped trash at high school, the New York Post reports:
A downtown Brooklyn group that collects cash from businesses to clean streets has dropped tons of garbage at a high school for at least six years — leaving it for city Sanitation to pick up.
The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership admitted the dumping only after being told The Post had photos of trucks dropping mountains of trash bags at George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education HS in the Metrotech area.
The partnership runs three Business Improvement Districts, or BIDS, and collects fees from companies — including Metrotech developer Forest City New York. The partnership then pays the non-profit DOE Fund $1.7 million a year to collect and dispose of trash. The fund runs a “Ready, Willing an Able” program, which gives trash-collection jobs to the homeless and ex-convicts.
There's a lot unexplained here. The DBP claimed it had permission from the Department of Sanitation, which said it hadn't given it--after first denying that the trash had been dumped. Whether or not it added risk--the Post said the trash wasn't inspected--the bottom line seems clear: this saved the DBP money.