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NY1 For You: Astoria Residents Say Lack of Trash Cans Stinks

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A lack of garbage cans in one area of Queens is creating a messy situation. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.

Loose litter lined up along streets with no garbage cans. Residents say it's a familiar sight in one Astoria neighborhood.

"It really gets frustrating. I look at the streets, they're dirty, there's no place for anybody to put a coffee cup in, a napkin, there's no place to put anything here. You have to take your garbage home with you," says Denise Toro, an Astoria resident.

"The garbage is terrible," says Austin, another Astoria resident.

Within an 18 block radius, from 31st Street and Astoria Boulevard all the way to 49th Street and Astoria Boulevard South, residents say there isn't even one public garbage can.

"As the population has increased with the restaurants and just in general, we now have less basically of the garbage bins," says Dorothy Setari, an Astoria resident.

"They said they had them, they took them out because store owners and home owners were abusing them. Why can't you ticket those people who abuse them instead of making everybody suffer," says Toro.

After people in the neighborhood contacted NY1 the station called the Sanitation Department. A spokeswoman explained Astoria Boulevard South from 32nd to 48th Streets is a residential area that doesn't meet the department's criteria for litter basket placement, which is busy transportation and shopping hubs and areas with high pedestrian traffic. She went on to say the department will continue to work with the community and elected officials on cleanliness issues.

It's a response that leaves residents frustrated and confused.

"They talk about don't litter it's against the law you can get a fine, where are we supposed to put the garbage?" says Toro.

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