On Monday, State Senator Jose Peralta announced that his office allocated $164,000 in funds to install 170 new green garbage baskets at locations along Roosevelt Avenue and other commercial blocks in the area.
The senator, who worked with the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) on the project, said the additional bins will make quality of life better for residents and tourists alike.
“Residents and visitors will have it much easier to keep the streets clean and put the trash into garbage baskets,” Peralta said. “The more garbage baskets we have in place, the cleaner our streets will be.”
DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said the new high-end green baskets, like the wire baskets, are not intended for household or commercial garbage. She reminded residents that anyone caught misusing a DSNY litter basket faces a fine of up to $300.
“We urge all citizens to use them properly,” she said. “When used correctly, these high end litter baskets can help keep communities clean and corners clear of pedestrian litter.”
Leslie Ramos, executive director of the 82nd Street Partnership in Jackson Heights, said one of the main complaints from the community has been overflowing garbage cans. The new litter baskets go along way to achieve the goal of a cleaner Roosevelt Avenue, she said.
“The old garbage baskets are too small to meet the demand,” Ramos said. “This will help meet the community’s desire for a cleaner Roosevelt Avenue, a high traffic area with many take-out restaurants.”