Cleaner Streets Are Promised

Several community members have discussed the state of garbage on the streets of North Brooklyn.  One theory for the increase in street trash is they can’t remember the last time they’ve seen a street cleaner.  I’ve seen street cleaners on North 5th and Powers Streets in the past month, but sometimes they will travel down the center of the street, if there are parked cars where they need to sweep.  GREENLINE is conducting a short poll to collect general information on whether or not you’ve seen a street cleaner in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, or Bushwick. To take the pole scan the QR code on the cover of this issue.

A cleanliness cavalry may be on the way.  On November 10, Mayor Eric Adams announced the “Get Stuff Clean” initiative. “A big part of today’s initiative is cross-agency collaboration that will result in cleaner streets, more jobs, fewer rodents, and improved quality of life for our city’s 8.8 million residents. This $14.5 million investment will help build a cleaner, more welcoming city across all five boroughs and target over 1,000 areas that have long been neglected. New Yorkers are tired of seeing overflowing litter baskets and trash under overpasses, so our administration intends to deliver a more functional and more well-kept city for all,” said Adams.

200 new New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) workers will be added to support cleanliness across the five boroughs, rat mitigation within NYC Parks will be addressed with new evening shifts,  an estimated 1500 No Man’s Lands around the city will have regular cleanings, Phase Two of the litter basket servicing plan will launch and target areas of the City that are highly trafficked by tourists,

$4.9 million for DSNY to implement Phase Two of the litter basket servicing plan this year, and resources in upcoming years, to service litter baskets at the entrances of bridges and along the perimeters of city parks. Phase One of the litter basket service plan that went into effect on July 1st is already showing promising results: A 55 percent reduction in litter basket complaints, bringing complaints back in line with pre-pandemic levels. Phase Two covers additional baskets at some of the city’s most highly-trafficked tourist areas, and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will accelerate hiring 50 additional staff to inspect and clean sewer grates, also known as catch basins to flooding and improve the functionality of the sewer system are among the efforts Get Stuff Clean will provide.

Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso stated, “I’m so thrilled the Mayor’s Office and our commissioners for DSNY, NYC Parks, and DOT are working together on this initiative that will not only mean cleaner streets, but more jobs too. It’s investments like these that build the foundation for safe, healthy, and beloved communities in Brooklyn and all across this city.”

“A clean city increases public safety and our quality of life. Today’s announcement marks a critical step in addressing the chronic under-resourcing and poor interagency coordination in keeping certain areas of our parks, roadways and green spaces clean,” said NYC Council Member Sandy Nurse who chairs the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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