70 Boro Park Yeshivos Call for End to Morning Trash Pickup

BROOKLYN (Hamodia Staff) -

Seventy yeshivah representatives meeting with Assemblyman Dov Hikind last week Wednesday issued a plea to the New York City Sanitation Department to end garbage collections for two hours in the morning.

A staffer at Hikind’s office told Hamodia that the Brooklyn Democrat has a meeting scheduled with Sanitation officials to make the formal request. The yeshivos want the city to cease collections between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

“The current pick-up schedule is wreaking havoc for not only residents and commuters, but also for children and yeshivas,” Hikind said in a press release issued Sunday. “School buses frequently find themselves trapped behind slow-moving garbage trucks during school transportation hours.”

A pilot program has been in effect for the last few years where trucks stayed off certain streets from 8:00 until 9:00 on schooldays. Hikind wants to make that arrangement permanent, expand it to all streets, and make it last for two hours.

At the meeting called for by the yeshivah bus managers — in which every single yeshivah in Boro Park was represented, according to Hikind — a committee was formed to coordinate with Hikind and his staff.