City Council: Restore the
NYC Cleanup Initiative!
Who We Are
We are a coalition of community cleanup groups who believe all New York City residents deserve to have clean neighborhoods. and hope you will join our cause. In the summer of 2020, grassroots community cleanup groups began popping up all over NYC to address the sudden build up of litter on our streets. Many of these groups are unfunded and made up of private citizens, and we've come together to advocate for the services we need, share resources and support community cleanup efforts across the city. The outpouring of support for our neighborhoods with this volunteering effort is inspiring. However, we need our vital city services to be fully funded in the upcoming FY22 budget.
What is the
NYC Cleanup Initiative?
The NYC Cleanup Initiative began in 2015 to promotes cleaner streets and neighborhoods in NYC. This initiative has historically had a direct impact on the cleanliness and quality of life in our neighborhoods. It provides each City Council district with an allocation to fund cleaning services, such as: litter collection, supplemental cleaning services, graffiti removal, and adding additional litter baskets and/or litter basket collection. Each City Council member is responsible for deciding the allocation of funding in their district, which helps ensure each community's unique needs are met. Together with other community groups we are calling on the City Council to restore much needed funding to the NYC Cleanup Initiative and the Department of Sanitation budget so that we can have clean streets.
What is City Council
Each year, the New York City Council awards discretionary funds to nonprofit organizations to meet local needs and fill gaps in City agency services. Through the discretionary funding process, each individual Council Member receives a designated amount of money through different initiatives to be used at the Member’s discretion to meet local needs in their district. The amount of money designated for each initiative is determined by various factors, including local needs, the Member’s request, and other considerations. Allocations of Council discretionary funding are fully disclosed at the time the budget is adopted in June and updated periodically to reflect changes.
previous budget cuts
In FY21, due to funding shortfalls, the New York City Council cut the NYC Cleanup Initiative by nearly 40%! This cut coincided with major cutbacks to the NYC Dept. of Sanitation services and spikes in outdoor gatherings and dining. The end result has been extremely dirty conditions in neighborhoods around the city. In response to the deluge of litter build up, a coalition of local organizations is calling on the Speaker and Council to restore funding to the NYC Cleanup Initiative. Restoring funding to FY20 levels will mean cleaner sidewalks, less overflowing garbage bins, and the overall conditions that New Yorkers need to feel comfortable and safe in their neighborhoods. Please join us by signing onto our letter to the Speaker and Council, calling them to continue their streak of leadership by addressing this litter crisis.
Letter to Speaker Corey Johnson & City Council from Community-Based Organizations
Hon. Corey Johnson