Council Members Steven Matteo, Debi Rose and Vincent Ignizio have allocated funds to continue litter cleanups, and the organization Where-To-Turn will provide volunteers to clean. Other community groups have also expressed interest in working with the BP’s office to address the problem. Future initiatives include the Adopt-A-Street program with DOT, the Adopt-A Basket program with the Department of Sanitation, and an educational component in schools.
“Litter begets litter. We will have a dirtier community if we don't do something about it,” said BP Oddo. “While not all Staten Islanders caused this problem, we’re going to need their help to be part of the solution.”
BP Oddo’s Clean Team has already begun cleanups around the borough and has 150 locations on the agenda to clean between now and November. If you know of a location that needs to be cleaned, send the address to ABasile@StatenIslandUSA.com.
The Borough President has issued his 2015 Litter Report, read it here.