Sept. 16, 2021 By Allie Griffin
Council Member Francisco Moya has secured hundreds of thousands in funding to tackle illegal dumping in his district, he announced Wednesday.
Moya has secured $472,000 from the Sanitation Department to increase litter basket service, install security cameras and more to fight illegal dumping across Corona, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and LeFrak City.
“We’ve had enough of the garbage issues plaguing our neighborhoods,” Moya said at a press conference in Corona. “We need to put a stop to illegal drop-offs, litter and illegal dumping.”
The department has increased its number of service hours for litter basket service as well as “manual litter patrol” to combat littering, illegal drop-offs and dumping across the neighborhoods.
The money was also used to purchase a dedicated haulster truck to service narrower streets in the district as well as 10 enforcement cameras that will be installed around the district to stop illegal dumping.
“My hope is that the investment in the enforcement cameras will be a game changer and bring accountability to those trashing our streets,” Moya said.
He called on community members to also do their part in keeping the district clean and a place to be proud of.
Sanitation Commissioner Edward Grayson thanked Moya at the press conference Wednesday.
“Every New Yorker deserves a clean street, and DSNY is proud of our work ensuring that they have one,” Grayson said. “I want to thank Councilmember Moya for his commitment to funding additional cleaning services, enforcement cameras and a new haulster, as well as his advocacy on behalf of Sanitation Workers and his partnership in keeping litter off the streets.”
Grayson said residents can report illegal dumping and litter basket misuse, such as tossing household trash in the baskets, to 311.