In New York, residents will discover… trash cans.

In New York, residents will discover… trash cans.

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The city's mayor – who is particularly keen to curb the spread of rats – has introduced the final phase of the city's sanitation plan with great fanfare.

White shirt with the sleeves rolled up, sunglasses perched on his nose, New York City Mayor Eric Adams arrives smiling before a crowd of reporters as Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' hit song Empire State Of Mind plays in the film. In the background… In front of him, the councilman proudly pushes… a trash can. He grabs a black bag at his feet and, in a gesture worthy of the finest NBA floor, tosses it, breaking his wrist before proudly walking over to his sanitation assistant, Jessica Tisch, and slapping his hand.

This scene may make you smile, but it’s part of a broader sanitation plan being developed by New York City. The rat-infested city that never sleeps is trying to reduce the mountains of trash that clog its sidewalks. The solution: Install wheeled containers to avoid bags of trash piling up on the Big Apple’s sidewalks. “We are just following what other municipalities around the world are currently doing.Eric Adams announced during a press conference. When I visit other countries, they are amazed that we still use plastic bags.

The rat-infested city that never sleeps is trying to reduce the mountains of trash that clog its sidewalks.
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Several thousand tons of waste

The fund presentation is the final stage of the plan that costs you. The New York Times To more than hundreds of millions of dollars. Every residence with fewer than nine apartments must, as of November 12, have a wheeled trash can. The models, stamped with the city health commission logo, are already for sale online.

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According to Jessica Tisch, New York City’s sanitation chief, the regulation would apply to 95% of the city’s residential buildings, or about 800,000, which produce about 24 million pounds (about 11,000 tons) of waste. Commercial businesses generate an additional 20 million pounds (9,000 million tons) a day. The city council estimates that implementing the measure could reduce the amount of waste on sidewalks by 70%.

Beware of rebellious New Yorkers. Homeowners who continue to pile up trash bags on their sidewalks face a $50 fine from the Department of Sanitation. A second violation is punishable by a $100 fine, and a third, $200.

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