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NY1 For You: Lack Of Trash Cans Creates Messy Situation By Queens Subway Stop

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A littering problem near one subway station in the Elmhurst section of Queens has commuters and residents disgusted. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.

The loads of litter lying around the ground near the Woodhaven Boulevard subway station in the Elmhurst area of Queens is offending those who live and work in the area.

"It's kind of disturbing to look at. It's usually pretty filthy. There's trash along there and then definitely on the grass part," says Robert, who lives in the area.

"It's really a dumping ground, is what it is. People going to the mall and coming off the subway and just throwing the trash around the station because there's really nowhere for them to throw it away. There's no trash cans," says Daniel Hirsch, who also lives in the area.

It is a problem that has plagued this area for years, according to residents who say the littering does not stop with wrappers.

"A couple of local businesses have been dumping their baked goods around the area, which is causing pigeons and rats to infest the area as well," says Hirsch.

The area was just cleaned, Hirsch says, and already the trash is beginning to pile up again.

"Every few weeks they'll come and do a sweep and clean but by the next day the trash has already started to gather again and build up," says Hirsch. "I really would like to see the area maintained and cleaned weekly, if not daily. It would be really wonderful if they could put some trash cans out that would also be maintained that people could throw their trash in."

NY1 called the Department Of Sanitation and the agency sent a crew to clean up the area. A spokesman said DSNY crews had been cleaning the area when surplus personnel was available but trash baskets were recently removed due to excessive misuse.

He went on to say DSNY workers will put three litter baskets back on a trial basis but reminds people they are only for light litter and not household garbage or commercial trash and violators will face a $100 fine if caught.

It is hopefully the end to a messy situation, but NY1 For You will continue to follow this story.

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