Because public trash cans on Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge were overflowing with illegally dumped household waste, a local community board member got an idea: what if we got rid of the garbage bins? And so Bay Ridge, with the cooperation of the department of sanitation, embarked on an experiment: fourteen cans on three intersections around the Bay Ridge Avenue subway station were removed, the Times reports.
Many local business owners told the paper the experiment isn’t working: people are just littering, leaving proprietors susceptible to unswept-sidewalk fines, or walking into businesses just to use the garbage can. The blog Bay Ridge Journal has been documenting instances of litter where there used to be garbage cans.
But Greg Ahl, the community-board environmental-committee chairman who masterminded the trial, is undeterred. “I don’t think there’s more litter,” he told the Times. “People are just starting to look more because there’s no litter baskets.”