Youth Activist: Cleaner streets, New York City
Youth Activist: Cleaner streets, New York City
Why this petition matters
How clean do you think New York is? Well according to Will Gleason it was rated one of the top 3 dirtiest cities. For all of my years of existence, I grew up in New York City. Not only me but my parents as well. Rodents have been a problem that many generations of people have been experiencing and affecting the lives of many citizens. New York City is infested with rodents in the neighborhoods making our streets filthy and atrocious. Some may argue that they can handle rodents by themselves by setting traps and/or notifying exterminators. But they fail to comprehend that the population of rats in New York City is two million, Which means that if you get rid of one rodent, by the time you dispose of it another rodent will be born in its place. This is a solemn entirety for the government to manage the rodent population to be controlled by removing garbage from streets and neatening them up because it will create a clean and sanitized environment.
In New York City there is a lot of garbage around the streets which makes unsanitary streets and affects our environment in multiple ways. Currently, streets, buildings, and schools are filled outside with littered bottles and wrap with people stepping on them. To add on, garbage cans are very full and you have to walk multiple blocks to be able to find trash cans if so it depends if you're in luck in finding cans. “New Yorkers leave their garbage on the side of the street and you can usually find discarded plates and cups on the sidewalk.”(Gilson, will) In other words, the amount of trash in the streets in New York City is huge and is found everywhere. This highlights that littering is everywhere on the streets and the road. This happens because of the insufficient amount of trash cans. According to the article it states” we find streets wholly unpaved masses of garbage and filth, thickened into a nauseous pulp, hole large enough to hold a wagon gutter reeking with semi-liquid putrefaction, culverts stopped puddles of greenish slime and water, indeed (The New York Times, 2022). As told by people in the middle of the streets don’t even look like streets at this point it looks like trash lobbies and it’s completely unsanitary having puddles, etc of something gross. This matters because how is it possible that our streets are all like this! Liquid all over streets and mountains of garbage is gross and of course, causes the unsanitary of the streets. This lack of sanitation causes such a gross environment that we shouldn’t be living in. In the end, New York City is filled with trash and we need more trash cans to solace our problems.
We request that a fraction of the funds sent to the department of sanitation to get more things organized as cans on every corner and strong stone garbage containers to keep everything sanitary. Even advanced technology can come to good use to keep a sanitary place .Currently, 1,557,765 dollars is going to the department of sanitation in New York City and unfortunately, many New Yorkers are dealing with trash and rodent problems. In addition to the article states “take New Yorks's approach to residential waste containerization. Big cities in France, South Korea, Argentina, and the Netherlands have below-grade containers prematic tubes, and street-level sorting bins to keep their streets clean and their trash pickup efficient - (Robbins 2022 )As you can tell many cities that are big just like us have come into action towards this situation, they have improved their trash containers and pick up trucks that make the place more sanitary. So if they can do it we can do it as well. This is important because if we all put off our part and contribute with everything and improve our containers of trash and upgrade our truck pickups it will fully improve our unsanitary streets. Slowly this will become a habit and our streets will remain clean and our streets will look like actual streets. The text also proves that “Paris has roughly the same density as manhattan yet little of the hesitancy to tackle the problem with large containers for recyclables on the street” (street blog,2022). Moreover, in the European countries, they’ve already leaped to better streets by adding more trashcans. This stresses that “Paris had roughly the same density as manhattan…tackles the problem…large containers” this goes to show how we can stop our problem of littering and rodents if we can put more trash cans we will be able to have clean streets. Overall we request that a part of the money used in sanitation would be put to creating a cleaner and rat-free environment.
Overall in queens, the neighborhoods are filthy and unsanitary and filled with many atrocities. To solve this imperative issue that has risen in Queens, New York City we must stand as a community by seeking the help of the Sanitation Department to install more garbage cans and provide a safer environment for the citizens in our neighborhood. Our role as devoted citizens of our community is to take care of our neighborhoods for our society because it is a part of who we are and what we represent. Our community is worth a family to us. Right now it is in severe need of repair, and with proper funds and actions, we know that we will be able to exponentially improve these current conditions.