SoHo Residents and Businesses Form Ad Hoc Coalition to Clean Up SoHo
New York, NY (February 26, 2017) – Distressed by the increase in litter strewn sidewalks, corners and parks since funding challenges caused ACE New York (Association of Community Employment Programs For The Homeless) to discontinue street sweeping services in October 2016, concerned individuals have formed an ad hoc group – @CleanUpSoHo – to encourage residents, buildings and businesses to cooperate with DSNY to tackle the trash problem.
About @Clean Up SoHo
Launched in November 2016, @Clean Up SoHo is an informal network of leaders in SoHo Community. The group is working with the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to educate all stakeholders about NYC trash disposal and collection regulations, as well as DSNY’s “Adopt/Sponsor a Basket” initiative. By identifying streets and intersections where excessive trash regularly accumulates, residents can support these efforts by tweeting photos and locations to @CleanUpSoho with #tags for Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Member Corey Johnson, DSNY, Mayor DeBlasio, Senator Squadron.
What You Can Do
DSNY is planning a “business walk” in early March to educate building and business owners about NYC laws requiring them to maintain clean sidewalks and to keep gutters free of litter up to 18” into the street. Your photos of overflowing trash cans, dirty sidewalks, loose trash, rat infestation, branded shopping bags and food containers, sanitation truck spillage and improperly discarded commercial and residential trash (including date, time of day and location) will help DSNY to target areas of particular concern.
You can file a complaint to DSNY through the 311 website. Make sure to get a complaint # and to follow up if your complaint isn’t addressed in a timely manner. Or you can send pictures of trash with location and date directly to DSNY enforcement for SoHo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How else you can help
Document and report repeated scofflaws; hopefully resulting fines will motivate better compliance