So this is what I stumbled across on my walk to the coffee shop this morning, a putrid stream of slop and waste stretching a quarter of a block long, and filling the air with rancid scent.

The mess is in front of Chikurin, at 1702 Avenue Z. Unfortunately, I can’t say it’s the first time I’ve seen this. Over the past few weeks, there have been at least three instances of spilled waste, including a full bucket of grease knocked over into the tree bed, poisoning the soil, and creating a foul smell on one of the hottest days of the summer.

All businesses are required to hire their own private carting companies to haul off trash. Some hire better ones than others, and it appears Chikurin’s carter is skirting the strict regulations imposed on them by the Business Integrity Commission that require them to have proper seals and other measures installed on trucks to prevent such spillage.

Sheepshead Bites has had success in the past getting such careless carters fined, such as an incident last year, when a carting company had a broken seal that caused rotting produce and other waste to pour out on East 17th Street near Avenue Y. After surveillance video showing the carting company spill the waste was sent to the commission, they issued several thousands of dollars in fines.

Now we’ve informed the Business Integrity Commission of the latest incident. According to their database, updated quarterly, the carting company responsible is Viking Sanitation. However, a legally required decal on the window at Chikurin indicates only that American By-Products Recyclers is the waste carter – although a phone call to that company confirmed that they only pick up grease and cooking oil, not garbage. Many restaurants have two carters, one for garbage and one for grease, and they’re required to have decals for both. Here’s the lone decal:


The Business Integrity Commission is looking into the matter, and we hope to have an update soon.

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  • ballsac

    Oh that explains why some Asian guy was pouring bleach on that exact stretch of road as i walked by there 2 hours ago

  • anon

    this needs way more attention.. many stores and restaurants pour their filth on the sidewalk. this degrades not just the blocks but the entire neighborhoods.

    they have to be paying someone off as i cant comprehend how this is getting by

  • Ruslan Palankerin

    Garbage Roll $2.50 half price all day!

  • Z/S

    I wish, you also noticed piles of garbage and dirt by the Sheepshead Bay subway station, the intersection with East 15th Street, across the street from Dunkin’ Donuts….. Nobody ever cleans it. EVER. Either it is just garbage or a snow, or whatever else it might be…. Makes you wonder, why are our property taxes so f*&%^$g high???