While we wait for City Council to help eliminate clothing donation bins from being repeatedly, illegally placed on public sidewalks, our neighborhood continues to be a target for them, and for the mess they attract. The bin pictured above has been in front of an empty lot on Baltic, just off 5th Avenue, for a
A bill to give the boot to clothing donation bins illegally placed on public property continues to gain steam in the City Council, where it’s now set to have a public hearing on September 8. By earlier this month the bill, introduced by Councilman Vincent Gentile, had racked up the support of 20 sponsors in
It seems our area is a prime one for these for-profit clothing bins to be illegally placed on sidewalks. Another one was recently dropped on Degraw just off 4th Avenue, which has happened time after time, and was tagged by the Department of Sanitation for removal on July 24 — once tagged, the company has 30
Did you recently do a bunch of spring cleaning, and now you’ve got a pile of old electronics? Drop them off to be recycled this weekend at a Lower East Side Ecology Center recycling day, which is coming up on Saturday, June 21 from 10am-4pm on 5th Street at the corner of 6th Avenue. Here’s what they’ll accept:
The expanded organic waste recycling pilot program starts in our area on Monday, May 19, on your regular garbage days. You’ll now be able to leave organic materials such as food waste, food-soiled paper, and yard waste at the curb, and the Department of Sanitation will collect them twice a week. New York City Department
Got a stack of papers with sensitive personal information sitting around that you’ve been meaning shred? This is the weekend to do it! Shred Fest, the city’s annual event to help New Yorkers prevent identity theft, is taking place at Prospect Park (the entrance at Prospect Park West and 3rd Street) on Sunday, May 18
Across the five boroughs, pigeons are wreaking havoc with their ample poop, but nobody complains about it more than Park Slopers. According to a piece in the Times, the most complaints to 311 about “unsanitary pigeon conditions” since 2010 have come from our neighborhood. And there is, apparently, a lot to complain about — they
In just over a month, you’ll be able to put your separated banana peels and coffee grounds curbside to be kept out of landfills and turned into compost instead. The expanded organics collection pilot program will begin picking up in parts of Park Slope beginning the week of May 19. According to the map, people
As you clear out those closets for a round of spring cleaning, be sure to put aside those old electronics that can be recycled. You can drop them off at a Lower East Side Ecology Center recycling day, which is coming up on Saturday, March 29 from 10am-4pm on 5th Avenue between Sterling Place and Douglass Street.
311 complaints rarely seem very funny when we’re making them (or dealing with the frustration that comes when they’re not efficiently responded to), but there’s something about maps with pictures or sound that just makes stuff like garbage, rats, and potholes a little more entertaining. Now online to inform residents (and maybe make some light of) the most
If you couldn’t find a trash can in a subway station, would you hold onto your trash until you found one someplace else? That’s what the MTA is banking on, as it announced this week it will remove more trash cans from stations (none in our area, yet). It started out with a pilot program
Last month, two for-profit clothing donation bins were illegally placed on public sidewalks just off of 4th Avenue, at the corners of Sackett and Degraw, and were flagged for removal by the Department of Sanitation. Those were hauled off, but then last week, we noticed two new ones had replaced the ones that were taken away. The
Don’t want to wait until spring for the organics waste recycling pilot program to start? Looking to start up a composting project at a local community garden, school, or on your block? Why not become a Master Composter! The NYC Compost Project Master Composter Certificate Course was developed by the NYC Compost Project and the DSNY Bureau of
Did you get some cool new gadgets over the holidays, and now you don’t know what to do with the old ones? Drop them off at the 11th annual After the Holidays E-Waste Collection Event this Sunday, January 19 from 10am to 4pm at Prospect Park, sponsored by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, Tekserve, and Council Member Brad Lander.
Ready to sort your orange peels and coffee grinds along with your paper and plastic? According to Community Board 6, the Department of Sanitation’s pilot household organic waste collection will be expanding into parts of our area this spring. In areas where it’s been rolled out already, the program so far has allowed residents in single family