City: Wrap Disposed Bedding, Avoid $100 Fine
The city Department of Sanitation (DOS) inspectors have handed out more than 4,500 violations so far this year involving new rules regulating disposal of bedding within the five boroughs, DOS officials said.
Under the regulations that went into effect on January 5, all bedding, including mattresses, box springs, sofa beds, sheets, blankets, pillows are required to be wrapped in sealed plastic when left curbside for collection by DOS workers.
The new rule calls for all bedding to be wrapped whether or not it is infested with bed bugs.
“With this new rule, we are safeguarding our workers and helping to mitigate the spread of bed bugs,” DOS Commissioner John Doherty said.
A recent agency report shows that DOS inspectors have issued 4,345 violations, including 701 in Queens, to homeowners, superintendents and landlords who placed unwrapped bedding curbside for collection in the first three months of 2011. Violators get a $100 fine for ignoring the rules.
Plastic bags for use in disposal of bedding may be purchased at home improvement, hardware and department stores. Bedding for disposal may also be wrapped in plastic, but the plastic must be wrapped and secured tightly, to prevent it from unsealing.
Doherty suggested that infested bedding be placed in the available plastic bags in the bedroom, to prevent infestation from spreading to other rooms when removing the items from the home or apartment.
For more information on the disposal of bedding in New York City, call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/sanitation.