15 Million Pounds of Trash and Counting!
Chinatown is cleaner and more inviting than ever.
You've probably noticed our Clean Streets workers in bright yellow jackets.
They're on the streets 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., sweeping,
bagging trash for pickup, disinfecting, painting street fixtures and removing
graffiti. In winter, they clear crosswalks, cut paths at bus stops and clear
"The fact that the Chinatown Partnership has brought the Clean Streets program to this area, I think, has significantly helped the perception that Chinatown is improving, and is a more welcome place for people to come to visit the shops, the restaurants and all the other activities that are here."
President, Elite HK Corp.
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Clean Streets Background
How is “Clean Streets” succeeding where other programs have not?
We began by sending our community outreach representatives out to talk to
business owners to ensure their cooperation. Then our experts did a detailed
assessment of every street in Chinatown, using handheld computers to record over
1,400 issues, including graffiti, potholes, ripped awnings and sidewalk
Using customized mapping software, the neighborhood was divided into "zones"
where the Clean Streets team is dispatched armed with state-of-the-art tools and cleansers.
Chinatown Partnership also placed 48 new, steel, green trash cans around Chinatown. To sponsor a basket,
Clean Streets is run by veterans of the New York City Department of Sanitation,
and is a partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business