Harlem, N.Y., residents are lashing out at the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) for removing more than 200 trash cans from street corners in the past year.
According to reports, DSNY made the move to cut down on the misuse of bins, and area residents are complaining that the trash can purge has made the city’s garbage problems worse. Harlem still has 1,399 pedestrian trash cans, more than both the Upper West Side and Upper East Side neighborhoods.
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The city is facing backlash from Harlem residents after removing more than 200 trash cans from Harlem because the receptacles were consistently full, according to reports.
The city Sanitation Department has taken 223 trash cans off Harlem street corners in the past year in an effort to cut down on misuse of the bins, the New York Times first reported. Area residents and local officials told the Times that the trash can purge has only made the neighborhood's garbage problems worse.
Instead of cutting down on illegal dumping of household trash, people are just placing their garbage where the bins used to stand, officials told the Times.