The Daily News takes aim at wasteful waste baskets:
The scam works as follows: The Sanitation Department maintains 25,000 litter baskets in set locations across the city. The baskets are made by prison labor, and the department buys them for $100 apiece.
The fancy receptacles look nicer, and their smaller openings deter people from dumping household garbage. They may even deter rats. But they cost $400 apiece, which is far more than the Sanitation Department wants to spend.
Elected officials know no such restraint. Blessed with the ability to tap into slush funds, they have been giving the department extra money to replace standard baskets in their nabes with the expensive containers. The number of receptacles stays the same at four times the price.