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DOS asked to clean up its act

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:30 am

Community activist Mandingo Tshaka is again taking the Department of Sanitation to task, complaining that residents’ garbage cans are not being put back where they belong in his neighborhood of Bayside.

He says leaving them in the street demonstrates a lack of concern for the community.

“They’re not completing their job,” he said. “I don’t think you will find that kind of behavior in Douglaston Manor or Bayside Gables. You’re not going to find it.”

Sanitation Department spokesperson Kathy Dawkins said the cans are not being left out in the street due to indifference.

“It is Sanitation Department procedure that collection crews place pails back in front of the homes serviced in the upright position,” Dawkins said. “In fact collection crews are reminded of this at the beginning of their day at the daily roll call.”

Noting that the DOS has received numerous complaints in the past from Tshaka, she said it will investigate the latest one.

The activist has worked on everything from the garbage can issue to getting Congress to recognize the involvement of slaves in building the Capitol in Washington, DC.

— Andrew Johnson

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