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Here's what NYC will do to help clean up business communities with trash issues – SILive.com

by Arifa Rana

The city’s first containerized waste bins in Times Square, 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/Mayoral Photography Office)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Trash bags and litter have plagued New York City streets for decades, but a new government bin program announced Wednesday hopes to change that.
Mayor Eric Adams announced a new partnership the city is launching and local business improvement districts around the five boroughs that will aim to bring trash into enclosed bins.
“Clean streets are vital to vibrant neighborhoods and to New York City’s economic comeback,” Adams said. “We need to stop dodging black garbage bags and instead fund and test container models throughout the city that will make our streets cleaner and more inviting for both New Yorkers and visitors.”
The mayor joined other elected officials and members of his administration to announce the program that will start in midtown Manhattan and spread to the rest of the five boroughs.
The Times Square Alliance installed the first two containers, which they’ll maintain in the iconic Manhattan intersection.
Secure bins will be available to business improvement districts around the city that will hold trash bags away from the reach of rodents, something City Councilman David Carr (R-Mid-Island) sees as a net benefit.
“Too often, we see wastebaskets overflowing onto commercial corridors, leaving local business owners to pick up after others,” Carr said. “Containerizing our waste in our BIDs [Business Improvement Districts] and merchant areas could help keep them the clean, walkable neighborhoods they are supposed to be.”
The secure bin program will be one part of the city’s “Clean Curbs” program that will also include a Neighborhood Challenge grant program.
Grants will be available to business improvement districts and community-based development organizations to make public space and cleanliness improvements with a focus on underserved communities.
Applications for the first round of funding are due this Friday, and a second round of grant applications will open this summer, according to the mayor’s office.
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