PHOTO: Councilman Ulrich and Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia last year brought the new receptacles to Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven. File Photo
By Forum Staff
More than three-dozen high-end Sanitation Department litter baskets are on the way to City Council District 32, Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia announced this week.
The 40 receptacles will be placed throughout Broad Channel and the Rockaways.
“These new litter baskets will help keep our community clean,” Ulrich said. “Clean streets mean a better business environment and a better quality of life for all residents.”
The new cans are completely enclosed, save for smaller openings at the top that allow for pieces of litter to be discarded, discourage the illegal dumping of household and business trash, and prevent the wind from blowing garbage onto the street.
The new baskets, Ulrich said, are part of a district-wide initiative to tackle quality of life issues such as graffiti and illegal dumping. Ulrich noted that last fall he partnered with the Doe Fund to clean the stretch of Cross Bay Boulevard between the Addabbo Bridge and the Broad Channel Athletic Club.
“These trash bins will keep litter off our streets and keep our community beautiful. They’re good for our neighborhood and they’re good for business,” said Rob Pisani, owner of All American Channel Market, where one of the baskets will be installed. “I thank Councilman Ulrich and the Department of Sanitation for bringing them to Broad Channel.”
Last year, Ulrich allocated funds for 120 new receptacles that replaced the standard wire baskets in Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park.
“They will help to keep our town clean and they are designed to ensure that the trash is not seen, presenting a much more pleasing aesthetic look than the old open trash cans of the past,” added Dan Mundy, Jr., president of the Broad Channel Civic Association.