Borough President James Oddo sent a letter last week to 140 Staten Island businesses, including independently owned franchises, asking them to hire or appoint one or more people to remove litter not only from their properties, but also the litter in their surrounding neighborhoods. This effort is an extension of the office’s “Own the 18” anti-litter program which 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).
The businesses included in this letter cover neighborhoods all over Staten Island and are part of larger chains such as CVS, Starbucks, McDonald’s and others. Please see the full letter here: http://bit.ly/3bLShBF.
The Borough President has been on the forefront of the war to combat the litter problem since his term started in 2014. He created many initiatives, such as the Clean Team, to identify heavily littered areas on Staten Island and find possible solutions.
“In the seven years I have been Borough President, nothing has been more consistently frustrating than litter,” said BP Oddo. “We realize that solving the litter problem does not require endless letters to city agencies, or lengthy conversations with various City Hall-appointed commissioners. It simply requires the cooperation of those who live and/or work on Staten Island. Unfortunately, folks who have not caused the problem need to be part of the solution.
Amidst the pandemic last year, the Borough President’s Office has revived the “Own the 18” anti-litter program, partnered with the Staten Island District Attorney's office on community cleanups, and created a video public service announcement with kids titled “(Litter)acy 101.”
This effort of sending letters to these businesses on Staten Island is the first of many that will be coming out of the Borough President’s Office this year. Stay tuned for more announcements over the next month.