Councilman Peter Koo and members of the Holly Civic Association welcomed two new trash cans on Kissena Boulevard, but the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) cautioned they would only remain there as long as they are used properly.
Previous garbage basket along the avenue near the intersection of Elder Avenue had to be removed because they were used for household and commercial trash.
“When used correctly, litter baskets can help keep communities clean and corners clear of pedestrian litter, but they are not intended for household or commercial garbage,” said DSNY representative Nicholas Circharo last Friday afternoon.
Anyone caught illegally using a city litter basket faces a fine of up to $300.
“These waste baskets will provide needed relief from litter, but it is important that residents and businesses use them properly to ensure they stay in our community,” said Koo. “I strongly encourage everyone in our community to respect our sanitation laws so that the resources provided by the city are not abused, or at worst, rescinded.”
Recently, DSNY officials distributed flyers to the surrounding businesses reminding owners about the guidelines for disposing of waste. Circharo said waste from the new baskets would be collected during DSNY's standard routes through the Flushing commercial area.