Sports Authority dump site cleaned up
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Oct 04, 2016 | 4139 views | 0 0 comments | 196 196 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Thursday, activists and a local garbage collection service came together to clean up the parking lot of the former Sports Authority. The lot has become an illegal dump site since sports retailer closed on July 31.

The United Sanative and Environmental Alliance and Boro Wide Recycling cleaned the parking lot and picked up any lingering trash. The trash included electronics, discarded food and construction debris.

As the garbage got worse and a rat infestation beginning, local resident Michael Conigliaro alerted owners Realty Income Corp. While the owners currently send someone to pick up trash on Mondays and Fridays, people still dump at all hours of the day during the week and weekend.

“A lot of people in the community walk to these stores, like 5 Guys or Home Depot, but it got so bad that they couldn’t,” said Conigliaro, who is also a candidate for State Senate. “In this case, if you let it go this place will become a disaster and a garbage lot.”

President and founder of the United Sanative and Environmental Alliance, Rafe Landano, hopes that the cleanup of the Sports Authority site will be the first step in revolutionizing city garbage collection within the borough and beyond.

According to Landano, the city’s garbage collection system is far surpassed by other major U.S. cities, like Memphis, Boston, Dallas and San Francisco.

The United Sanative and Environmental Alliance is currently planning to work on a pilot program to get garbage off the streets and into containers.

“The best way to keep the streets clean and the stains off the sidewalk and lower the rat population is through keeping garbage in containers,” said Landano.
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