De Blasio announces 3 new 'cleanliness initiatives' for city streets, parks

Trash overflows in Washington Square Park as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on September 12, 2020 in New York City.
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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City will take a number of steps to clean up its streets and parks, including adding dozens of litter basket trucks to its current fleet, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. 

The mayor announced the following three initiatives in a release on Tuesday afternoon, all of which aim to “supplement current sanitation efforts,” he said:

  • The city will reallocate part of the Department of Sanitation’s budget to restore around 65 litter basket trucks to its fleet of trash-collecting trucks, “a 24 percent increase from current levels." The trucks will focus on 27 neighborhoods that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as areas that are set to see “increased pedestrian traffic” as employees start to return to offices.
  • The city's Economic Development Corporation and The Doe Fund will team up to restart “CleaNYC,” a program that will “provide supplemental cleaning services in neighborhoods and parks across the city” through the end of the year."
  • The city will work with community-based organizations, politicians and private companies to “sponsor community cleanups and mobilize volunteers to collect litter on streets and in parks."

“New Yorkers deserve clean, safe communities, and with this announcement today, we are continuing to deliver on that promise,” de Blasio said in a statement. 

“Our sanitation professionals have been heroes throughout this crisis,” he added. “They deserve all the support they can get in their fight to keep New York City clean.” 

The mayor’s announcement came less than a week after the CEOs of more than 160 companies, including Macy’s, WeWork, the NBA and JetBlue, sent a letter asking him to address “quality of life” issues in the five boroughs, including cleanliness and public safety.