Borough President James Oddo announced this past Spring the resurgence of “Own the 18,” an anti-litter program. “Own the 18” educates and encourages home and business owners to remove litter from their property, as well as 18 inches into the street, as required by NYC Administrative Code: Section 16-118(2)(a).
For the months in which the 18th day falls on a weekend, Borough President Oddo is asking Staten Island property and business owners to commit to taking a few moments to clean in front of their properties, including catch basins that tend to cause flooding after heavy rains. This includes Saturday, September 18, and is the last one for 2021.
“For the past seven years, our office has been tackling the litter issue on Staten Island, but to no avail. The borough seems to be as filthy with litter as it has ever been. We fully understand there is a pandemic and the unfortunate impacts that came along with it. However, none of this justifies the litter we see or prevents us from each doing our small role in addressing the litter we see,” said Borough President Oddo. “While I would hope Staten Islanders would do their part every day, we are designating the 18th of the spring and summer months when each of us pledge to remove litter near our homes and maybe even a neighbor's home or a senior citizen's so that we can begin to reclaim part of our quality of life.”
Those who participate are encouraged to post before and after photos on social media with the hashtag #ownthe18 to be reposted by the office’s social media accounts.