New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

194 New Large Trash Cans Coming to the Upper East Side

New York, NY – Litter-filled sidewalks on the Upper East Side are about to get cleaner with an investment of $135,000 from Council Member Ben Kallos for 194 new large trash cans. The new large trash cans are housed in a metal case with a dome top and a small opening that prevents trash from spilling and has been reported to deter rodents. Following this investment, every corner on the Upper East Side will have a can.

“I am here to clean up the Upper East Side with larger trash cans on every corner that can prevent overflow and litter that spills onto the streets,” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “I promise a new large trash can on every corner that needs one in order to keep our streets clean. I encourage any resident whose corner needs a new trash can or even a second large trash can to reach out to our office so that we can clean up our neighborhood together.” 
This on-going rollout follows a 2016 pilot that brought 38 large trash cans to certain spots, with 27 large trash cans just for the East 86th Street commercial corridor. Council Member Kallos sought out to cover Second Avenue from 96th to 54th street to coincide with the opening of the Second Avenue Subway in 2017. Following the 2016 pilot, residents reported reduced litter and rodents, with requests for more cans, resulting in a multi-year investment of $330,000 from FY17 to FY20 through the City Council’s NYC CleanUp initiative, an environmental initiative designed to meet the growing city’s sanitation and environmental challenges.
In addition to investing in trash cans, Council Member Kallos has funded a $85,000 pilot program with Wildcat Services to clean the neighborhood with three-person crews who focus four-days a week on sweeping sidewalks and bike islands, cleaning gutters, drains of blockages, and removing litter from tree pits.
“We’re proud to partner with Councilman Kallos’s office in keeping the Upper East Side clean and vibrant,” said Acting Sanitation Commissioner Steven Costas. “These additional litter bins will help make residents’ and commuters’ experiences more enjoyable and keep the neighborhood’s sidewalks and streets clean.”

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