Sanitation officials try to erase New York’s ‘trash city’ reputation with new rules to ‘send rats packing’

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New York City Sanitation officials hope that new rules regarding when residents can take out their trash will help shed the city’s nickname “Garbage City” and eventually address this rat problem.

On April 1st, New Yorkers will not be able to put out their trash bags on the sidewalks before 8 p.m., with a few exceptions. The city accompanied the ad with flyers stating that the rule changes would “send the rats packing.” The transmitter showed an image of a mouse carrying a wheeled bag.

“In my view, this change in set times is at least a decade overdue,” Sanitation Department Commissioner Jessica Teich said during a city council hearing on March 16. Trash and recycling every day. They are placed on our checkpoints in every building in every neighborhood for 14 hours a day. This is why New York City is known as “Garbage City”. “

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Sanitation officials in New York City hope new litter rules will help solve the rat crisis.

Sanitation officials in New York City hope new litter rules will help solve the rat crisis. (iStock)

Mayor Eric Adams She agreed that the current litter policy, in place since 1969, was outdated.

“It just doesn’t make sense for these trash bags to be on the streets for such a long period of time,” the mayor said in his fall announcement.

“Our new trash start times will cut down on the amount of time trash sits on the sidewalk during the day + stop the all-you-can-eat buffet for mice,” the mayor’s office Twitter account said on Thursday. Help us #GetStuffClean and learn about the new rules that go into effect this Saturday.

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“As Commissioner Jessica Teich noted in this proclamation last fall, piles of black trash bags have been denying us clean, usable public space for more than 50 years,” Vincent Gragnani, press secretary for the New York City Department of Sanitation, told Fox News Digital. .

“This change will have a huge impact on our streets, and it’s long overdue. As the commissioner also noted last fall: “We at the Department of Sanitation aren’t just asking New Yorkers to change. We are changing too. More assembly on the midnight shift rather than the 6am shift. Roughly 25 percent of our collection now happens in the middle of the night. “5 million pounds of trash was collected on the midnight shift instead of the 6 a.m. shift.”

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To help give larger buildings an additional option, Gragnani said they have a selection period where they can apply for a 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. slot. Buildings with nine or more units may apply during January each year and must be screened and accepted into the program.

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Residents with trash cans with lids secured will be allowed to set the bins at the sidewalk as early as 6 p.m., and owners of businesses that close before 8 p.m. may place trash cans with lids on the sidewalks up to an hour before closing.

But some New Yorkers are skeptical.

“The rats are curfewed later!” Julio Peña III, the district leader for NYS Assembly District 51, tweeted about the news.

Benny Gestetner, CEO of BSM Facility Solutions, explained his reluctance.

“The problem isn’t that [the garbage bags are] On the sidewalk, he said: Gothamist reported. “The problem is [the rats] They come out at night, exactly what time the trash should be put in now.”

Officials said violators will receive written warnings after a one-month grace period. But eventually a $50 fine will be paid for the first offense, $100 for the second offense and $200 for any other offenses.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams attends a joint press conference with New York Governor Kathy Hochul about subway safety at the Fulton Transit Center.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams attends a joint press conference with New York Governor Kathy Hochul about subway safety at the Fulton Transit Center. (Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Adams appears to have made tackling the rat problem a major priority Watch the mice up 142% since before the pandemic, according to city officials. He announced that the city was looking to hire a “rat caesar” who would be paid up to $170,000, with the title of citywide director of rodent mitigation.

In November, the mayor signed legislation called the Rat Action Plan.

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