Tuesday, September 19, 2023 2:03 pm
Upper West Side, Manhattan (WABC) — In New York City, leaders have taken note of concerns about quality of life.
Mayor Eric Adams said he is trying to walk the talk and held a press conference outside a popular restaurant on Tuesday to discuss litter and cleaning up city sidewalks.
Mayor Adams said Gray Papaya of the Upper West Side has been a model citizen.
Back in August, they embraced the mayor’s plan to put trash in plastic bins with lids.
DSNY Commissioner Jessica Tisch and the mayor were on hand to express appreciation for the business’ efforts to help keep the city looking its best and reduce the rat population.
The health department was so pleased with the restaurant’s efforts that they declared September 7 “Gray’s Papaya Day.”
They also announced that from March next year, all commercial waste must be placed in secure, covered containers.
“We’ve declared rats Public Enemy No. 1, but we won’t stop there; we’re also going after those black trash bags that litter our streets, aiding and abetting rodents,” Mayor Adams said. “That’s why starting next year Starting in the spring, we require every business in New York City to put trash in a receptacle. Every day, 20 million pounds of black bags and a buffet of rats will hit our streets. Our streets will look cleaner and smell better. “All five boroughs are cleaner, and New Yorkers don’t have to avoid mountains of trash or scurrying rats when walking. “
“The idea that the greatest city in the world can’t put trash in wheelie bins is patently ridiculous,” said DSNY Commissioner Tisch. “But it’s the very idea that has allowed rats to proliferate and stink our streets for more than 50 years. .” “In less than a year since this effort began, the Adams Administration will move half of New York City’s trash—nearly 20 million pounds a day—from black bags to bins. We’re working on the rest .Stay and adjust…”
About half of the rubbish in the five boroughs will be removed once the rules come into effect next year. The other half is household waste.
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