Flushing, NY – City Council Member Peter Koo today joined with the Department of Sanitation and the Holly Civic Association to welcome new garbage baskets on Kissena Boulevard. Garbage cans on Kissena Blvd have been removed in the past due to improper use by residents and businesses disposing of household and business waste. Sanitation officials today reviewed guidelines for curbside garbage cans and distributed flyers to surrounding businesses.
Council Member Peter Koo stated, “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. That means no residential or commercial waste should be placed in these garbage cans. 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in our community to respect our sanitation laws so that the resources provided by the city are not abused, or at worst, rescinded.”

Nicholas Circharo, Sanitation Community Affairs stated, “The Department is pleased to work with Councilmember Koo to place two new litter baskets on Kissena Boulevard in Flushing. 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. Anyone caught abusing a DSNY litter basket faces a fine of up to $300. We urge all citizens to use them properly.”

Denise Winters, President of Holly Civic Association, stated, “At our last Holly Civic Association meeting, we invited the Department of Sanitation to be our guest speaker because we had concerns about overflow of garbage and the lack of trash cans along Kissena Boulevard. Our Councilman Peter Koo volunteered to secure these trash cans because he appreciates that we want to keep our neighborhood and streets clean. The Holly Civic Association wants to thank him for understanding and listening to our concerns.”

Source: CM Koo Office. Photo caption: CM Koo with Marilla Li from AM Rozic’s office (l), Nicholas Circharo from Sanitation (2nd from l), and the Holly Civic Association, including a very happy local resident Eddie Abrams welcoming his “new baby.”

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