Man fined for not cleaning up others' garbage

August 15, 2011 8:33:07 AM PDT
It wasn't his trash, but he ended up getting fined a lot of money for it.

An 80-year-old man on Staten Island has received at least two summonses for not doing a good enough job cleaning up trash that was tossed onto his property from cars that were driving by.

At his age, Russel Anstett isn't always up to cleaning the street in front of his home, but he does it at least three days a week.

In fact, he spent $500 on a blower to help keep the area clean, and the place looks pretty good, but it's hard to keep up.

Mr. Anstett's house is at a busy intersection on Staten Island and the garbage dumped by people stopped at the light piles up.

As hard as he works to clean it, he just can't get it all.

Twice now, the Sanitation Department has given him summonses for not cleaning, not his own property, but the 18 inches of the street he's required to take care of.

Anstett says he'll appeal the summons, and has already written this letter to the sanitation commissioner saying he's doing the best he can.

So far, he's had no luck.

Eyewitness News reached out to the Sanitation Department and they said Mr. Anstett should go through the normal appeals process.