A persistent littering problem near one subway station in Queens had commuters and residents disgusted at those littering and frustrated with the city's inaction, but NY1 For You straightened up the situation. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
A chronic littering problem and a lack of trash cans has created one huge mess surrounding the Woodhaven Boulevard Station in Queens.
"This surrounding area is a total dump," said resident Daniel Hirsch.
A year ago, NY1 For You told viewers about the loads of litter lying on the ground, offending those who work and live in the area.
"It's kind of disturbing to look at," said one person in the area. "It's usually pretty filthy."
"People going to the mall and coming off the subway and just throwing the trash around the station because there's really nowhere for them to throw it away," Hirsch said.
At the time, NY1 For You contacted the Department of Sanitation and the agency sent a crew to clean up the area. A spokesman said DSNY crews had recently removed trash bins due to excessive misuse. However, he went on to say the Department of Sanitation would put some litter baskets back on a trial basis.
"Thanks to NY1, we were able to get three trash cans," Hirsch said. "The situation was much more improved."
Until a couple of weeks ago, when residents and commuters say the cans were once again removed, leaving conditions ripe for dumping.
NY1 For You called the Department of Sanitation again and a spokeswoman said DSNY crews cleaned the entire area after our call. She said there are two litter baskets near the entrance of the Woodhaven Boulevard station that are serviced three days a week. The spokeswoman went on to say one litter basket that was being misused was removed, and the Department of Sanitation feels the current collection service at this location is adequate.
However, after our last story aired, the Department of Sanitation not only cleaned the area but once again put back the two trash cans that were taken away. They're much-needed receptacles that residents hope will stay for good.