PATERSON, NJ - Inspired by similar programs across the country, including the “Don’t Mess With Texas” campaign which Mayor Andre Sayegh said led to a 70 percent reduction in litter, Paterson is taking another step to cleaner streets by installing a total of 300 garbage cans across the city by the end of 2019.
The initial distribution of 122 garbage cans in the Main and Market Street business corridor, it was announced on Thursday, will cost the city $16,000 to be split between the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) and the Paterson Department of Public Works (DPW).
Litter abatement was an issue that came up regularly on the campaign trail, Sayegh reflected at the event, but now, he added, “is the time for action.”
“This will be a total team effort,” Sayegh continued saying that in addition to the UEZ and the DPW, the city’s Green Team made up of residents from across Paterson, as well as Chase Bank and Loews who are offering their workers as volunteers, will make sure that this is a “sustainable movement.”
Also speaking at the event were Councilman Luis Velez who used his time to encourage other business owners to participate in the clean up effort and Councilman Al Abdelaziz who declared that the perception that you’re able to litter in Paterson, or that throwing trash on the streets is acceptable, will no longer be tolerated.
Prior to the event ending Sayegh was joined by Jasmine Moreano, Director of Community Engagement, City Green, to announce their Daffodil Project which will include the non-profit partnering with community groups, schools, and other organizations to plant 3000 daffodil bulbs on Saturday to brighten the city when they bloom in the spring.
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