Residents claim Department of Sanitation contributing to booming UWS rat population: report

Andrew Weber
July 17, 2019 - 11:33 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — In the past 12 months, the Department of Sanitation pulled 110 litter baskets from the Upper West Side and over that time residents say that the rat population has exploded onto the streets, the New York Post reports.

Residents complain trash is overflowing at the remaining baskets, providing a feast for rats.

The sanitation department says removing baskets was designed to encourage people to dispose of their trash at home.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal tells the Post that the plan isn’t working.

She says she’ll meet with sanitation officials tomorrow to work on a solution.

The sanitation department blamed residents for putting household trash in the baskets.

One in five rat sightings citywide is reported on the Upper West Side, according to an analysis of 311 calls by nonprofit watchdog group OpenTheBooks.com.

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