A cleaner lower manhattan

A cleaner lower manhattan

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amber brennan started this petition to new york department of sanitation and

My neighborhood formerly known as alphabet city, was just a small local neighborhood that as time went on, continued to grow and grow and become a very populated neighborhood with new buildings and attractions to see. An issue that has a big environmental impact on my neighborhood is sanitation. Every block you walk in my neighborhood you see numerous large overflowing garbage bags just lying on the sidewalk waiting to be picked up sanitation. Yet, they never are. I live way downtown on the Lower East Side where the amount of trash lying on the ground and the amount of rats surrounding them are absurd. One should not be forced to live in such conditions. 


       According to the state Department of Health, the increased amount of trash in one particular area, the more rats there tend to be. Old, discarded food scraps that get thrown away are what attract mice and rats. It is rare to ever see a sanitation truck in my the LES. Sometimes, one might even see the same garbage bag on the street for weeks. This is a huge environmental issue that is slowly deteriorating the neighborhood. The increased amount of rats in lower Manhattan is leading to very toxic chemicals being distributed. As humans we are breathing in these harsh chemicals and it is making us sick even when we don’t realize it. In addition, rats carry tons of diseases. There are other ways of getting rid of these animals. For instance, controlling our garbage. The less accumulated garbage lying on the streets, the less rats will be around looking for old food scraps in the garbage.


       In an attempt to solve this issue, I will contact 311 and speak with the Department of Sanitation. I have also taken it upon myself to take a look at the service schedules. I did so by going to the website https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/home I surfed the internet and found the schedules for when my neighborhood will be serviced. Another adaptation I will attempt to bring into my neighborhood as a partial solution is to invest in more dumpsters. This ensures that sanitation won’t have to make as many stops and they can get to more neighborhoods faster. By doing this trash gets picked up faster and there are fewer rats and chemicals around. Lower Manhattan will overall be a cleaner neighborhood.

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