Civic leader says ban all litter baskets

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Greg Ahl is a man with a plan when it comes to public garbage cans — and he wants them all banned.

The Chairman of Community Board 10’s environmental committee says he won’t rest until all public trash receptacles are removed from city streets, claiming they attract more garbage than they can handle, and inevitably make streets dirtier.

“My goal is to get rid of litter baskets altogether,” he said Monday night.

Ahl is pushing his agenda from his perch at CB10, which voted unanimously last Monday to expand its controversial public garbage can ban to a six-block stretch of 13th Avenue Dyker Heights.

The move would strip cans from 71st through 76th streets, skipping Bay Ridge Parkway, in an effort to rid the area of illegally-dumped household and business trash — something fellow members of the panel got approved by the full board this week.

“When they see a garbage can, it becomes a magnet for illegal dumping,” said board member Fran Vella-Marrone of the Dyker Heights Civic Association.

Ahl and company claim a similar trash can ban in Bay Ridge has reduced litter along the main drag, but it has also come under fire for pushing litter onto the side streets.

“This is a classic case of a Band-Aid on a broken bone,” said Jim Allen, who lives on 86th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues. “The problem is not being solved, we’re just pushing it into another direction.”

The idea of removing trash cans from streets started three years ago in Bensonhurst, where Community Board 11 successfully lobbied the city to remove cans along 86th Street. But it really picked up steam when the city cut collections from public trash cans from up to three times a day to once or twice a week.

“We used to have more pickups,” said Vella Marrone. “That’s the real problem: we’re not getting the services that we need.”

Updated 5:24 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

adamben from bedstuy says:
just put up cameras and if it is business trash then they are probably loated nearby. ticket them to death!
June 24, 2011, 7:09 am
al pankin from downtown says:
how about getting the dept of sanitation to have there trucks properly pick up the arbage and clean up when they drop the rubbish on the ground.
June 24, 2011, 7:10 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Civic Leader?


Sounds like he's leading us to trash on the streets instead of the cans.

Welcome to the land of Utopia, where leaders rely on wishful thinking, and magical thoughts.
June 24, 2011, 8:11 am
Joe from Bay Ridge says:
I have an idea, why doesn't the Sanitation Department empty the cans twice a day? or more ofetn. Garbage trucks cruise by these locations on their way to and from their regular pick up routes more than a dozen times a day. Eliminating the cans is the height of stupidity.
June 24, 2011, 8:54 am
Annie from Dyker Heights says:
I'm new to the neighborhood and am surprised at the lack of trash cans in the area. I am also doing more walking compared to where i used to live - it's a combination of walking my dog and wanting to support local businesses within walking distance from my apartment. I like less dependence on using my car. Walking more to parks and local businesses necessitates trash cans at certain intervals. Maybe local businesses can sponsor trash cans at particular intersections? I don't think taking trash cans away helps anybody.
June 24, 2011, 11:17 am
ty from pps says:
Sanitation doesn't need to empty the trash bins more often....

They need to collect the household garbage, open the bags and fine the culprits! Lots of fines. Fine the owner of the garbage. Fine the adjacent buildings.

Guess what? It will stop. And the usual whines about not having appropriate places to put their trash? Landlords will figure it out!

Take away the trash cans? What will that accomplish? The 25% of us that actually try to NOT to just throw our trash on the ground won't have anywhere to put it...
June 24, 2011, 5:39 pm
ty from pps says:
Oh yeah, and this Greg Ahl is a total idiot.

What else has he proposed as the chairman of the environmental committee... Using used motor oil to water the trees?
June 24, 2011, 5:41 pm
k from gp says:
They should just put in those Manhattan garbage cans that don't allow you to stuff a 20-gallon bag in them.
June 24, 2011, 8:26 pm

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