Mayor de Blasio omitted the $4.2 million allotted to fund the 14,000 additional trash pick-ups per week in the city budget for 2020. These additional pick-ups were a hard-won victory in last year’s budget and proved their worth as nearly 96% of streets were rated acceptably clean this fiscal year, showing a rise from the previous year.
“Our committee is constantly fielding complaints from New Yorkers that there is too much trash on the streets. The solution is simple: More litter basket collection. Yet Mayor de Blasio says the city can’t afford to empty them as often as they do. The City Council knows the city can’t afford not to. We will fight to have this $4.2 million restored to the budget,” said Council Member Antonio Reynoso, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management.