Yesterday morning, we spotted a city sanitation agent pulling up to the trash can on the corner of Avenue C and 11th Street. He put on a pair of latex gloves and carefully began to sift through its contents.
He paid particular attention to a bag (Lord & Taylor?) that someone had placed next to the can. He spent several minutes pulling out pieces of mail and inspecting them.
Eventually, he found some letters/bills with someone's name on them. He walked away with that mail.
Anyway, the city can and will fine you $100 for throwing trash from your apartment into city-owned trash cans on the street — like this one! Just ask the 83-year-old Upper East Side who was treated like crap for doing so. Plus, there is a warning right on the side of the can.
For $100, you could probably buy a top-of-the-line executive shredder.