From the NY Post:
Queens neighborhoods are at the top of the heap in garbage collection, leading the city with 160,000 tons of trash picked up by the city's Department of Sanitation last year.
The district encompassing Jamaica, St. Albans and Springfield Gardens swept the field, with an output of 82,124 tons of trash, followed by the district that includes Flushing, College Point and Whitestone, with 77,081 tons.
In third place, the district that collects from the south shore of Staten Island dumped 70,249 tons, while the Upper East Side weighed in with a close 69,744 tons. Borough Park in Brooklyn trailed in fifth place, with 67,869 tons.
From the Queens Chronicle:
While the Department of Sanitation makes a diligent effort to keep all city streets clean, especially those in high density and high traffic areas, the task has become increasingly difficult since the agency’s budget was slashed by $80 million for the 2010 fiscal year, according to agency spokeswoman Kathy Dawkins.
The department has also found that a large number of litter baskets are overflowing or being abused, Dawkins said and stressed that the receptacles are intended for pedestrian litter only and not for household or commercial waste.
She did not address the corner trash DeLeon said is not being picked up at all, but said she would inform the Sanitation Enforcement Division to monitor Hillside Avenue.
DeLeon, meanwhile, said he plans to go to an area mosque and speak with the imam. Since most of the residents in the area are Indian and Muslim, he believes that perhaps a religious leader would be able to convince them to crack down on the unsanitary conditions.