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NY1 For You: Litter Baskets a Welcome Sight for Astoria Residents

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An 18 block stretch in Astoria, Queens is looking much better after sanitation crews were dispatched following complaints from residents. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.

It's a slam dunk for one area of Astoria where until recently a lack of garbage cans lead to lose litter that lined the streets.

"It's 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," said Astoria resident Denise Toro.

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

Back in April, residents contacted NY1 about the 18 block radius, from 31st Street and Astoria Boulevard all the way to 49th Street and Astoria Boulevard South, where there wasn'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," said 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," Toro said.

After people in the neighborhood contacted NY1 the station called the Sanitation Department. A spokeswoman said Astoria Boulevard South from 32nd to 48th streets is a residential area that doesn't meet the department's criteria for litter basket placement. However, after the story aired, city sanitation did place garbage cans in the affected area.

"I don't have to take my garbage home with me, I don't have to walk around with it, I don't have to try to sneak it into somebody's gasoline station. This is a joy to have really, I'm so happy to have a garbage can on this corner. Thank you," Toro said.

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