It’s true what they say, no good deed goes unpunished.
Crown Waste Management learned that the hard way this week. The private sanitation company decided to step in and help remedy the ongoing garbage crisis in Downtown Flushing.
With the support of the Flushing Chamber of Commerce and local elected officials, they placed five garbage receptacles in and around the Prince Street Plaza. Four days later, the Department of Sanitation forced them to remove them. What a bizarre and shameful response.
And then we wonder why people have little faith in government? Here is an agency that had to be shamed publicly into reacting to the garbage crisis in Downtown Flushing – only going on a ticketing blitz after we were prepared to write about it – but it only took one weekend for them to come down hard on a company trying to help solve the problem. We wish the city had responded this fast to the polluters in the first place.
Sanitation said private garbage pails on public streets will only invite more public garbage. We can’t possibly imagine how there can be any MORE garbage, and if that were true, then why have public garbage pails at all?
The reaction from the Sanitation Department should have been to find a way to work with Crown to allow the bins to stay and find a mutual agreement to fight this trash problem. If the issue is Crown placing the bins without getting proper approval, then the city should help the company go through that process and allow them to place the bins.
The only way we are going to win this crusade against garbage and beautify Downtown Flushing is if all interested parties work together and find solutions. We hope the Sanitation Department recognizes Crown’s – and the Chamber’s – desire to tackle the issue and reaches out and works with them. They do not deserve to be treated like criminals for just trying to help.