New York’s trash trucks are booming, and they’re already bringing much-needed supplies to the city’s poorest neighborhoods.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce the launch of a new program Thursday that will offer trucks, garbage haulers and other service providers a temporary place to dump their garbage.
The program, called the Waste Trucks Program, is meant to allow service providers to relocate to lower-income areas, where they can provide trash, recycling and other services to the needy, according to a press release from the mayor’s office.
The city has roughly 1,600 trash trucks, and the program will help provide temporary housing and services for service providers who relocate from the city, it said.
The new program will be funded with a $3 million grant from the New York State Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
The city is working with the service providers through the New Hope Community Development Corporation to ensure they can move to low-income neighborhoods, the mayor said in the release.
“We want to make sure that this program works, but the fact is that many service providers have relocated to New York and other cities and communities and this is something that needs to be done, and we are looking at a lot of different options to help,” de Blasio said.
New Hope, a non-profit organization that serves low- and moderate-income people, is offering rental assistance, financial counseling and other assistance for service workers who relocate to New Jersey or New York to support their families.