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Adams talks trash in Times Square, launches NYC garbage container plan

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Keep the rat out of the bag – at least that’s the goal.

Mayor Adams rolled out a pilot program Wednesday aimed at tidying up the massive piles of garbage that are ubiquitous on city sidewalks and a go-to destination for rodents in search of a meal.

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The new “Clean Curbs” program will rely on $1.3 million a year and partnerships with local community groups to get unsightly, leaky garbage bags off of sidewalks and into locked containers.

“We want a clean, safe New York,” Hizzoner said at a Times Square press conference, just a few feet from one of the new padlocked waste bins. “No matter where I go, I hear the complaints over and over again, loud and clear. New Yorkers – you want clean streets. You want trash off our sidewalks. You’re tired of the rodents. You’re tired of the smell.”

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner Jessica S. Tisch unveil the city’s first containerized waste bins located in Times Square in Manhattan, New York as part of efforts to clean up city streets and expand the Clean Curbs Pilot to all five boroughs across the City on Wednesday. April 20, 2022. (Michael Appleton/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Under the program, Business Improvement Districts and neighborhood associations will have the chance to apply for up to $20,000 in funding from the city to have the containers installed. The mayor said the pilot will be taking place in all five boroughs, but it’s still unclear which neighborhoods, aside from Times Square, the containers will be installed.

Councilman Eric Bottcher, who represents Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen and parts of Times Square, said constituents who call him are no longer willing to accept the current state of affairs as a part of city life.

“People walk out their door and see an explosion of trash all over the sidewalk,” he said. “And they want to know why the city’s allowing this to happen. People walk down the street and they’re not happy with the way that their city looks. This isn’t the city that we know and deserve, and they’re demanding that the government step up and do something.”

The pilot program to containerize trash on city streets was first announced two years ago when former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia announced the Department of Sanitation would partner with the Transportation Department to make it a reality. But Wednesday’s announcement was the first public sign since then that any actual progress has actually been made with the pilot.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (center) and New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner Jessica S. Tisch (right) unveil the city's first containerized waste bins in a New York City commercial district, Times Square in Manhattan, New York as part of efforts to clean up city streets and expand the Clean Curbs Pilot to all five boroughs across the City on Wednesday.  April 20, 2022.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (center) and New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner Jessica S. Tisch (right) unveil the city’s first containerized waste bins in a New York City commercial district, Times Square in Manhattan, New York as part of efforts to clean up city streets and expand the Clean Curbs Pilot to all five boroughs across the City on Wednesday. April 20, 2022. (Michael Appleton/NYC Mayor’s Office)

The policy is in line with Adams’ broader efforts to improve the quality of life in the city. As part of that push, he’s rolled out an initiative to sweep away homeless encampments and have cops roust people sleeping on subway cars — a policy that has consistently drawn criticism from homeless advocates.

The city’s homeless situation did not go unaddressed at Wednesday’s press event, either.

While giving remarks as part of her presentation, Councilwoman Gale Brewer, who represents the Upper West Side, said she didn’t think homeless people would be able to use the trash containers as shelter, given that they’re padlocked.

“I don’t think that the homeless can get in for a house because I looked at the locks, and they’re quite good, but you never know,” she said. “Homeless—you’re not going to get in.”

Those remarks quickly sparked a backlash on social media.

New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner Jessica S. Tisch (center) unveil the city's first containerized waste bins in a New York City commercial district, Times Square in Manhattan, New York as part of efforts to clean up city streets and expand the Clean Curbs Pilot to all five boroughs across the City on Wednesday.  April 20, 2022.
New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner Jessica S. Tisch (center) unveil the city’s first containerized waste bins in a New York City commercial district, Times Square in Manhattan, New York as part of efforts to clean up city streets and expand the Clean Curbs Pilot to all five boroughs across the City on Wednesday. April 20, 2022. (Michael Appleton/NYC Mayor’s Office)

“does gale brewer think unhoused people are all oscar the grouch,” wrote Calder McHugh on Twitter.

Author Jesse Singer also dragged Brewer for what she said.

“’don’t worry, we won’t even let homeless people live in our trashcans’ is really a thing a gale brewer said out loud,” Singer tweeted.

Another Twitterer simply posted a gif of Oscar the Grouch with the text: “I’ll be nicely miserable in my trash can here.”

City officials said they do not know how many containers $1.3 million a year would purchase or where exactly they would go. Still, newly-appointed Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch said those are the sort of details she and others intend to iron out as the pilot program unfolds.

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“The point is it really needs to be tested to what works, what doesn’t see work, siting, weatherization, do the locks work, are people using it,” she said. “Then hone it and tweak it to get something that can eventually be [more broadly] rolled out.”



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