Contracted with Block by Block since June 2011, the BID provides sanitation services seven days a week, Monday through Saturday, 7:30am to 7:00pm and Sunday, 9:00am to 6:00pm. Cleaning ambassadors wear neon yellow shirts, black pants and a sun cap. The uniform displays the BID’s logo on the back of the ambassadors’ shirts. Crew members service approximately 40 trash cans daily and collaborate with the NYC Department of Sanitation’s 12th District to remove trash from Sutphin Boulevard on a daily basis.
Sanitation services include: cleaning and sweeping sidewalks and gutters; emptying garbage containers and replacing liners; maintaining trees and tree pit areas (including tree pruning); removing graffiti, stickers, and illegally placed posters from private and public fixtures/facilities; conditions reporting; and, removing snow and ice from crosswalks and the areas surrounding public telephones and bus shelters.
2012-2013 BID SANITATION SERVICES STATISTICS:
PEDESTRIANS ASSISTED: 2,219
BILLS/STICKERS/GRAFFITI REMOVED: 2,233
TRASH BAGS USED: 11,356
TRASH COLLECTED (Ibs): 395,920
TRASH RECEPTACLES CLEANED: 1,445
WEEDS ABATED (# OF BLOCKS): 30
SNOW REMOVED (# OF HOURS): 8
BILLY GOAT (# OF HOURS): 33.5
GRAFFITI REMOVED (# OF INCIDENTS): 506
The BID’s cleaning ambassadors also pride themselves on providing excellent customer service to pedestrians by maintaining a friendly demeanor, offering assistance crossing the streets and being knowledgeable of the area when asked for directions. Moreover, they provide district oversight by observing and reporting illegal vending and criminal activity. Their presence provides an additional degree of security for the district, leaving people who work, visit and reside in the district with a greater level of safety.