Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Tries To Solve Trash Problem By Getting Rid Of Trash Cans

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The problem isn’t unique to this neighborhood, says community board manager Josephine Beckman.

“People were dumping items like mattresses and tires, believe it or not, next to pails. So, the corners became very unsightly,” she tells WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman.

But the way they’re trying to solve it has become the talk of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

“It’s not a solution. It’s a disaster,” says one man.

Those green, mesh trash cans seen on nearly every corner in the city aren’t seen in this neighborhood anymore.

“Well, I would say the response has been mostly positive,” says Beckman.

“[I’ve] been here over thirty years and this is the first time I see this corner clean,” says one man.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman In Brooklyn

But just a block down 4th Avenue, bags of trash, food wrappers, and cups are all piled up next to parking meter.

“There was a person walking by with a black bag full of garbage. They ran in my store, They throw it in a dumpster and they ran to the train station,” says one store owner.

The month-long experiment ends today.

The Sanitation Department has yet to decide whether the pails are going back.

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  1. James S says:

    This has nothing to do with white poeple. Folks, if you want an example look at 8th Avenue from 39th street through 69th street. Once full of Norweigians, it’s now an absolute pig sty. Trash everywhere, these poeple act as though there are no laws, from garabage pails to illegal home conversions, to those god awful stainless streel doors that have robbed a neighborhood of it’s character. I can’t wait to get out…37 years in Bay Ridge, and I have never been so disgusted or embarrased to call it home.

  2. KPMc says:

    To be fair… there are white immigrants that are pigs in this neighborhood too… ie eastern Europeans. But the common denominator is most are recent immigrants. Now maybe they come from towns and cities where garbage lining the streets is the norm. Where waste flows down the gutters like rain water. But the constant is immigrants that won’t assimilate.

    Regardless… giving up is not the answer. The lazy people from Sanitation have to get out of their cars, and in plainclothes, walk up and down third, fourth and fifth avenue, spotting household trash dumpers and getting business owners to clean up their storefronts EVERY morning and afternoon. They can start out with warnings but fines and arrests have to start happening or else this neighborhood won’t be worth fighting for anymore.

    I remember not long ago when business owners took care of these things but now everyone has just given up and let BR fall into a $4!thole.

    Oh… and you cant go into a bar with a cigarette but the whole frigging neighborhood smells like sweetened tobacco thanks to the hookah joints that apparently don’t have to abide by the same rules others do. And we wonder why they won’t assimilate? Because we appease them and let them do whatever they want.

    Hell in a hand basket!

  3. Jack says:

    The landlords of the buildings that are on the avenues should be held accountable as well as the filthy tenants. They don’t provide garbage cans for their tenants forcing them to find somewhere to leave the garbage. Most are absentee landlords and don’t care. The city needs to force them to have garbage cans for the residential tenants. Of course, the people moving into the neighborhood don’t need to throw their garbage everywhere either but what do you expect from off the boat middle eastern poor people who are on section8 and food stamps.

  4. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

    Oh they have a culture its suicide bombings and beating there women as well as having sex with camels .call in a nuke strike Mr Obama

  5. Bklyn says:

    Dear SUNJAP,

    I’m one of the few black residents of Bay Ridge (5th Ave and Ovington) who lived there from the mid 70’s until 2010. There was no garbage problem in Bay Ridge before the current influx of immigrants. Fact, when the neighborhood was primarily white, it was a very clean a pleasant place to live, now that it is primarily middle eastern, it is virtually a garbage dump. Just open your eyes and look around.

    1. SUNJAP says:

      BKLYN

      YOU SHOULD KNOW WHAT IT IS TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. STOP TAKIN UP FOR THESE PEOPLE! HOW MANY TIMES WERE YOU HARRASSED BY WHITES IN A NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE YOU ARE DEFINATELY THE MINORITY.

      SAD BROTHER…JUST SAD.
      YOUR PEOPLE SUCK UP TO THEM SO MUCH YOU KNOW NO BETTER.

      1. Angel256 says:

        You may not like it but it’s the truth. This wasn’t a problem before all the Arab, Pakistani and Indian people moved in.
        I’ve seen them throwing garbage on the side walk while they walk around, throwing garbage on the corners, eating on the benches lining 5th Ave and then leaving food and garbage on the benches while there is a garbage can 5 ft away.
        This also has nothing to do with being poor either because there was always a large working class population in Bay Ridge.
        I really wish this wasn’t the case but I cannot believe the filth that is found around Bay Ridge now.

    2. Angel256 says:

      I agree 100%. I’ve lived in Bay Ridge for 40 years and this was NEVER a problem until a few years ago when a very large Arabic immigrant population moved in. I’ve seen them dumping household garbage on the corners. They’re very filthy people.

      1. i don't know but...... says:

        i’m also a long time bay ridge resident and i would like to say that i have never seen an arabic person put trash in a public garbage can…but i have seen numerous mexicans do it over the years….now i’m not saying it’s a cultural thing all i’m saying is that is what i’ve seen over the years….also, correct me if i’m wrong, but i think the people who live in apartments over the stores on 3rd and 5th ave don’t seem to have trash cans so it appears to me that they use the public cans on the corners. that’s just my observation….

  6. Rick says:

    People are pigs plain and simple. There are no cultural or racial divides here.

    1. Angel256 says:

      If that’s true then why is it that in mostly white neighborhoods you don’t find all this garbage? And don’t say it’s because the city doesn’t clean other areas. That’s BS.
      I know of areas where people pay $2000+ /mo rent and they (the tenants) help clean the front of their building as well as plant flowers.
      Yes, it is a cultural issue.
      In fact, now that there are so many Arabic people in the area, you see many windows where they use bed sheets or table cloths jammed in the windows instead of using window curtains.
      Stop being so PC and face the truth.

  7. SUNJAP says:

    STOP BLAMING OTHER CULTURES! WHITE PEOPLE ALWAYS BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE FOR SOMETHING WHEN THEIR THE ONES WITH THE ISSUES!!

    1. Angel256 says:

      No one is blaming them. We’re just stating the facts.

  8. bullett says:

    Trash on our streets and sidewalks of New York. Thanks to the new breed of immigrants with no culture, and/or manners.

    1. Angel256 says:

      AGREED!
      I’m tired of idiots saying that it’s racist to state the true facts.

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