Yorktown doubles fines for tossing gloves and masks


YORKTOWN – Town Supervisor Matt Slater signed an executive order on Monday, doubling the fines for littering in response to an increase in discarded face masks and latex gloves in public areas.

The current fine of $500 for an initial violation will be doubled to $1,000 for the first violation for anyone caught discarding face masks and gloves in public spaces.

Discarded rubber gloves at a grocery store in Yorktown.

“We’ve been imploring people not to litter and the littering has continued. It’s about social responsibility. It’s not like they’re throwing out candy wrappers. They’re throwing out medical waste—used rubber gloves and face masks that could potentially be contaminated with coronavirus,” said Slater.

Many of the discarded masks and gloves have been appearing in the parking lots of local shopping centers and the town’s enforcement efforts will focus on those locations.  Slater said that the town’s code enforcement department along with the police department will be stepping up the littering enforcement to combat the growing problem.

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