From the Brooklyn Paper:
It’s official: the city has stopped picking up garbage.
A Sanitation official admitted this week that it ended regular pick-ups of public trash cans along commercial strips last July — instead only picking up the trash when trucks making residential runs happen to drive by.
As a result, pick-ups that occurred as many as times 21 per week — three times a day, every day — are only happening once or twice a week, said Ignazio Terranova, the agency’s citywide community affairs officer.
Terranova blamed budget cuts for the drop in pick-ups, citing an $80-million hole that the department had to fill. And he doesn’t predict an increase in collection anytime soon.
“Right now, and for the foreseeable future, I don’t see that changing,” Terranova said.
The elimination of pickups has played a major role in adding a layer of filth to Brooklyn’s commercial strips, Terranova admitted, but he also blamed residents who toss their household trash — and businesses that put their commercial crapola — in city bins.
Both practices, while common, are illegal.