FLUSHING, NY – The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce announced today an agreement with the NYC Department of Sanitation to replace trash bins donated by Crown Container Company with City trash receptacles under the “Adopt a Basket” program. Crown had previously installed the industrial-strength bins and agreed to empty them on a daily basis as a free community service to address the proliferation of trash at the Prince Street Triangle on Prince Street and 37th Avenue in downtown Flushing.
Simon Gerson, President of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, came to today’s agreement with Ignazio Terranova, representing the Sanitation Commissioner, with support from Councilman Peter Koo, Dian Yu from the Flushing Business Improvement District, Peter Tu from the Flushing Chinese Business Association, and representatives from Senator Toby Stavisky and Assemblyman Ron Kim. Sanitation will install four City trash receptacles at each corner of Prince Street and 37th Avenue and the Flushing BID will bag the trash at the receptacles every day at 1pm for pick up by Sanitation.
“Through the persistent advocacy of the Chamber of Commerce, Councilman Koo’s exceptional ability to influence the City bureaucracy and the operational expertise of the BID, the Flushing business community has taken a major step towards solving the trash problem on the Prince Street Triangle. Work is not finished, however. Business owners will continue to monitor the area and the Chamber will continue to advocate on their behalf. We are grateful to Mr. Terranova and the Department of Sanitation for following through on their commitments, and appreciate the time and attention they have paid to our neighborhood,” stated Simon Gerson, President of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce.
For several months, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce led an effort to address the ongoing garbage problem at the Prince Street Triangle after business owners in the vicinity complained about receiving fines from City inspectors as a result of trash accumulating at this intersection and blowing in front of adjacent storefronts. In addition to Crown Container’s donation of three garbage bins, another Chamber member, GW Printing, designed and printed the colorful labels asking people to “Keep Flushing Beautiful” in English and Chinese.
“Crown Container Company believes ‘Flushing Comes First’ and we were willing to help in any way possible to keep Flushing clean. The NYC Department of Sanitation has assured the community that they will take care of the situation so at this time we have removed our pails in order to let Sanitation do their job and help us keep Flushing clean,” stated David Antonacci, owner of Crown Container Company.
On Monday, May 16, the Department of Sanitation issued an ultimatum, forcing Crown Container to remove the donated bins from the Prince Street Triangle.
“Small business owners and community leaders teamed up with the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce to take ownership of the streets in downtown Flushing. Instead of supporting this, the Department of Sanitation’s immediate response is to limit the community’s ability to keep our streets clean. Instead of adopting a punitive approach toward cleanliness, I hope the City will work with our small business owners to find long-term solutions for improving the quality of life in Downtown Flushing,” stated Assemblyman Ron Kim.
The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit membership association that supports the economic growth, inclusive diversity, and shared prosperity of our community through advocacy, networking, and education. For more information, visit us at www.flushingchamber.nyc.