Sanitation Commissioner: 'We Have A Lot Less Resources Than We Did In The Prior Fiscal Year'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Trash has been piling up all over New York City less than a month after the sanitation department’s budget was slashed by millions.

Overflowing garbage cans seemed to be a more common sight in New York City in July 2020, one month after the sanitation department’s budget was slashed. (Credit: CBS2)

If you’ve been noticing more trash spilling out of the baskets on each corner later or rolling on the streets like tumbleweeds even more than usual, you’re not alone.

“Now it’s more than ever,” said Stella Pando, in Hamilton Heights.

“It’s outrageous. A lot of rats come in, a lot of mice, roaches. They gotta do something about this,” Hector Vasquez, of Harlem, said.

Two raccoons were spotted feasting on an overflowing bin the other night outside a Hamilton Heights playground.

“The city right now, and especially in New York, we’re being hailed for doing so great with public health and all these things, but I don’t think you can say we’re doing that well with public health ’cause when you have garbage everywhere, it’s also a public health issue,” said Adam Goldenberg, of Harlem.

In June, the city cut $106 million from the sanitation department‘s budget, reducing pickup for public litter baskets by 60%.

“We have a lot less resources than we did in the prior fiscal year,” DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia told CBS2’s Ali Bauman.

The sanitation commissioner says curbside collection service has stayed the same, but people are leaving out more trash than usual, particularly in the outer boroughs.

Overflowing garbage cans seemed to be a more common sight in New York City in July 2020, one month after the sanitation department’s budget was slashed. (Credit: CBS2)

“Our trucks are filling up very quickly as we make it around the route in some neighborhoods because people are home,” Garcia said.

She says those trucks usually help pick up loose debris along with what’s called lot cleaning crews, which were also reduced in the budget cuts.

With tourism down and many offices still closed, as well as residents in wealthier zip codes leaving the city during the pandemic, some neighborhoods have stayed relatively clean.

“Is there any kind of diversion of resources from neighborhoods that don’t need as much trash pickup right now to neighborhoods that do, the lower-income neighborhoods?” Bauman asked.

“One of the things we did with our reduced number of basket trucks is really take a look at how we were distributing them,” Garcia said. “We tried to go in and make sure we were distributing by the number of litter baskets any one has and match the service to the number of basket.”

The commissioner says collections will continue to adjust as more people come back to the city, but right now, there’s no clear plan how sanitation will keep up with the mounting trash on their reduced budget.

Comments (29)
  1. deBlasio is a total idiot and only cares about himself. Vote all RED!

  2. Ed says:

    The DOPE FROM PARK SLOPE at it again.

  3. jimmy says:

    Keep voting for Democrats you MORONS!!!!!!!

  4. Bob says:

    NYC – DeBlasio and the rest of the demorats have turned it into a SEWER. Next stop – the rest of the country. Yeah, keep voting those demorats in – you moron LIBTARDS
    TRUMP 2020 or we are toast

  5. Jeff Mason says:

    Well, with all the rats, DiBlasio can pile bubonic plague on top of the Coronavirus.

  6. Michael Wolfe says:

    Maybe they can get a few social workers to pick up garbage when they aren’t busy enforcing the law.

  7. Betty says:

    Life in Democrat long time held city

  8. David Scuncio says:

    Good de- fund the new Demorat word, you just keep voting for those clowns, the rats need food also
    do not call 911 better yet get your mayor number call him
    TRUMP 2020

  9. seakykr says:

    Reminds me of the good old days before Mayor Giuliani…

  10. Another Democrat run state and city. It’s always disgusting to have to take a plane at JFK which is another 3rd world looking airport bathrooms filthy, mops laying wet on the floor trashcans full and trash all over bathroom. Food probably infested with rats during the evening then open in the morning to naive travelers.

  11. CHRIS L says:

    NYC has been set for sacrifice.

  12. This is my simple recipe for getting rid of your garbage easily and efficiently: (a) gift-wrap the garbage; (b) put it in the back seat of your car; and, (c) leave the car unlocked on the street. It will be removed free of charge by “social justice” warriors. [Tip of the hat to WFB, Jr.]

  13. Sam Green says:

    De-fund the police and de-fund sanitation is about as wise as chewing glass and eating a porcupine, -tail first.

    1. Fonky Honky says:

      I. e., the time-tested Democrat way.

  14. Frank Furter says:

    Love those democrat mayors that make the people live in squalor and drug needles

  15. James says:

    have the cops beat the garbage and throw in unmarked cars to take away?

    1. Daniel Purcell says:

      Those garbage cans and content are Democrats lining up for early voting.

  16. Rod Hackenflasch says:

    Democrat Paradise.

  17. Brian Duffy says:

    Bill de Blasio: union buster.

  18. Dell says:

    Funding was diverted for street painting.

  19. The only person saying NYC is doing great with public health is the incompetent self-obsessed mayor. I wonder if sanitation workers are still showing up in his neighborhood?

  20. Mark Dimperio says:

    Defund sanitation.

  21. Gary Griffin says:

    What is a good epidemic without tons of trash and lots of rats?

  22. Michael Bassi says:

    Ha keep electing these liberal loonies to run the big cities – the trash is a perfect example of who they are

  23. sara bellum says:

    So it begins, the rot of liberal cities goes into overdrive. It will get worse as more of those with money flee to states with more favorable tax situations. You guys elected Diblasio and Cuomo, and you got what you elected: Incompetent Liberal Trash.

  24. joe caronetti says:

    Here in my Bronx neighborhood, the Norwood section, there is a sudden explosion of homeless camping out on the streets and in Mosholu Pkwy. The trash situation they leave behind is disgusting and way out of control.

    1. jamal warner says:

      and i bet youre going to keep voting for dems wont you?

      1. Zekk says:

        Ha! Yes he will and he’ll move into our neighborhood to do it

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