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Exasperated Residents Fed Up With Filthy NYC

NEW YORK (CBS 2) -- The melting winter white is revealing some seriously unpleasant sights.

Dave Carlin spent part of Friday afternoon inside one of CBS 2's Mobile 2 Units surveying the alarming scene as the city steps up efforts to get rid of all the garbage.

In many places there's nothing but muck and mess.

"It is a shame. It is a shame," resident Hector Munoz said.

The filth has been exposed, with no snow to hide under.

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Department of Sanitation workers were out in force Friday, assisted by Department of Parks employees, like an overwhelmed Kenneth Meachem.

"Yeah, got a ton of garbage," Meachem said.

From snow white to the ugly blight. There was trash and dog waste everywhere and even old Christmas trees.

"Yes, it's out there. Yes, people are seeing it and, yes, we're taking care of the problem," Department of Sanitation spokesman Vito Turso said.

Department of Sanitation leaders said the job is now getting done, but some residents said it's too little, too late.

"The Sanitation Department has not prioritized. They didn't collect in a timely fashion," said Catherine Traykovski of the Upper West Side.

A closer look at one West Side street revealed a sickening obstacle course – with red flags marking just some of the dog waste.

"They don't pick up nothing whatsoever," Munoz said.

"We can do so much, but the public who may be responsible for not picking up after the dog, putting refuse out improperly, not using a litter basket, they have a part in it, too," Turso said.

So far this month dog waste complaint calls to 311 are almost double what they were in November. The fine for not picking up after your pet is $250.


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