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The city is seriously considering removing public trash cans from three commercial street corners — but some Bay Ridge residents think the plan will make the neighborhood even dirtier than it already is.

Community Board 10 voted last April to remove the cans from the corners of Fourth and Ovington avenues, Fourth Avenue and 68th Street and Fourth Avenue and 69th Street because the bins there have become garbage magnets — and inevitably overflow when residents illegally dump in their household trash.

The city ignored the board’s request, saying that it wouldn’t even consider removing the trashcans.

But last week, CB10 received word that the Department of Sanitation would now take the demand seriously.

“The trash is overflowing on these blocks,” said the board’s Environmental Committee Chairman Greg Ahl. “We’d like to see them a little cleaner and we think [removing the cans] will help.”

The removal would follow the lead of Bensonhurst’s Community Board 11, which banned cans along some of its busy strips, including the corner of Bay Parkway and Bath Avenue.

Members of that board claim that removing the cans was a blessing on some corners — but Ridgites don’t agree.

“I’ve seen neighborhoods without garbage cans,” said Danny Fernandez, who lives on 69th Street. “And all people end up doing is putting their garbage on top of a payphone.”

Others shared Fernandez’s opinion (see sidebar).

This isn’t the first time CB10 has tried to kick the cans. In 2009, the board voted to remove some of the neighborhood’s recepticles, but the city ended up doubling the number of corner baskets instead.

The Department of Sanitation has claimed there have been no problems with litter overflow since the addition of garbage cans on these blocks, though CB10 has continued to make complaints.

The agency also insists the cans are being serviced five times a week, yet Ignazio Terranova, the agency’s citywide community affairs officer, admitted last year that the city had abandoned dedicated servicing of street trashcans.

Updated 6:01 pm, June 23, 2011
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Reasonable discourse

Joey from Clinton Hills says:
in my neighborhood, the young kids generally don't give a hoot and they throw their wrappers on the ground...depressing.
April 7, 2011, 9:54 am
WW from Bay Ridge says:
Typical wishful thinking by the city - rather than empty the garbage, take away the receptical - presto! No garbage, right?

Then they will spend money to pick up what's been dumped where the receptical had been.

What's the real difference if it is in the common can, or the home can - it's still garbage.

We are governed by idiots, but that is unfair to idiots.
April 7, 2011, 10:39 am
Steve from Bay Ridge says:
What a brilliant solution! Let me see if I understand the logic: if you don't put a trash can on the corner, not only will all the illegal garbage disappear but so will the dozens of dog poop bags, soda cans, food containers and discarded newspapers that get legally deposited in them daily?

I don't pretend to understand the complex metaphysics and distortions of space/time here but, wow, why hasn't this idea been taken citywide?
April 7, 2011, 11:59 am
WW from Bay Ridge says:
Legal or "illegal" garbage - I am standing on the corner with the stuff. I go to where the can should be. It isn't there. So according to the bright lights of the community board, I will take it home with me, not just dump it on the street.

Do you really think that people who dump house hold garbage will now take it home again?

How do we get such children on these boards?
April 7, 2011, 6:30 pm
JKoebkny says:
What happened to those electronic trash compacter cans they were talking back not too long ago? where everything is internal and when it reaches a certain point its automatically compacts the trash. sounded like a good upgrade to what they have now
April 7, 2011, 10:25 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
The real garbage isn't in the cans, it's the people who dump their stuff without a second thought.
April 9, 2011, 12:28 pm
steve from bay ridge says:
Greg Ahl needs to get a job
April 10, 2011, 11:36 am
Patrick from Bay Ridge says:
They're just doing their job to make the city a little less livable for everyone, one small step at a time.
April 15, 2011, 7:13 am
Jacqueline from Bay Ridge says:
After all, removing the trash cans will remove the trash...
April 18, 2011, 8:06 am
Queen of the Click from Bay Ridge says:

Why not add those street corners to the list to get an additional collection day? Instead of cutting service in such a busy area, why not increase it?
April 19, 2011, 7:44 pm

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