By Eric Yun
Tired of overflowing trash and illegal dumping in Ozone Park, residents have been clamoring for the city to help clean the area.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) allocated over $18,000 in this year’s fiscal budget to install 35 new trashcans along 101st Avenue. On Tuesday morning, Ulrich was joined by Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty to unveil the new black litter baskets.
The new bins will discourage illegal dumping of household and business trash and improve the quality of life for residents and business owners along the avenue.
“We are doing everything we can to keep Ozone Park clean. These new trash cans will raise the profile of one of the district’s main shopping strips,” said Ulrich.
Ulrich and Doherty said the new design of the baskets, which has a lid with a narrow opening, are designed to prevent large bags to be illegally dumped. These baskets, they stressed, are for litter—not household or business waste.
“The trash cans will improve the environment here and make it a better to come live and work in this community,” said Doherty.
Along with the new bins, Doherty promised a zero tolerance policy and improved enforcement from Sanitation Police.
“We need to educate people, and the education will be a summons,” Doherty said.