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The NYC budget includes funding for rat-proof trash cans

New York City is developing new rat-proof trash cans in a new multi-million dollar initiative with a record $101 billion budget.

“No matter where we go, people talk about garbage. Garbage on our streets, garbage on our lanes,” Mayor Eric Adams said Monday during a news conference in the Bronx.

“We take care of emptying the garbage cans. We are making investments in cleanliness in this city that have never been made before.”

The Big Apple’s budget includes $22 million in new funding for trash can services, with Adams promising the city’s roughly 23,000 trash cans are emptied “50,000 times more” than ex-Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.

“We’re developing a brand new trash can for New York City,” said Jessica Tisch, commissioner for the city’s Sanitation Department.

“The mesh baskets have been around since the ’60s and ’70s, really for a long time, and most importantly, they’re not rat-proof. They have holes everywhere,” she said.

NYC is developing new rat-proof trash cans in a new multi-million dollar initiative with a record $101 billion budget.
NYC is developing new rat-proof trash cans in a new multi-million dollar initiative with a record $101 billion budget.
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“Some of the rat control funds will be used to replace the wire baskets with the new rat-proof waste baskets of the future,” she added, noting that the baskets are expected to be on the streets later this year.

The de Blasio government has slashed the DSNY’s budget as part of cuts made in response to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the city’s revenue. The cuts impacted street cleaning, including basket cart pickups on weekdays.

Tisch said the cuts led to a massive spike in 311 citywide complaints about overflowing bins — from 58 in February 2020 to 790 in July 2020.

Eric Adams said The Big Apple's budget includes $22 million in new funding for trash can services.
Eric Adams said The Big Apple’s budget includes $22 million in new funding for trash can services.
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“The numbers tell a shocking story, but they also show that our cleaning strategies work when we have the resources to implement them,” she said.

The DSNY will return to street cleaning five days a week beginning July 5.

The new grant also includes:

  • $7.5 million for “precision cleaning” initiatives to combat illegal waste disposal and litterbugs
  • $4.5 million to clean up vacant lots and more money for the Sanitation Department’s “Lot Cleaning Unit.”

https://nypost.com/2022/06/27/nyc-budget-includes-funding-for-rat-proof-trash-cans/ The NYC budget includes funding for rat-proof trash cans

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