In the record new $101 Billion budget, New York City is set to get all-new rat-proof trash cans in a multi-million dollar initiative towards cleaner streets.
Speaking about the new garbage disposal cans, Mayor Eric Adams said Monday during a Bronx-based press conference, “No matter where we go, people are talking about trash. Trash on our streets, trash on our roadways. We are going to ensure the emptying of the trash bins. We’re making investments in cleanliness in this city never before carried out.”
For this purpose, the budget includes $22 million in new funding for litter basket services, with Adams promising the city’s approximately 23,000 trash bins will be emptied “50,000 times more” than ex-Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.
According to city Sanitation Department Commissioner Jessica Tisch, “We are developing a brand new litter basket for New York City. The mesh baskets have been around since the 60s and the 70s, a really long time, and notably, they are not rat-proof. They have holes all over them.”
“Some of the funding for rat mitigation will go to replacing the mesh litter baskets with the new rat-proof litter basket of the future,” she added, noting the baskets are expected to be deployed onto the streets as early as this year.