The city's most recent campaign against rodents was revealed by the anti-rat mayor on Tuesday.
Beginning March 1, all companies in the five boroughs will be required to containerize their waste. The announcement was made at a news conference in Manhattan by Mayor Eric Adams and Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch.
According to the mayor, the new regulations will remove 20 million pounds of trash daily from municipal streets.
Adams' constant battle with rats began when he was the Brooklyn Borough President and used rat-killing equipment on the campaign trail for mayor that entailed his picking dead rodents out of a chemical vat.
New Regulations And Initiatives
The mayor has introduced a number of new regulations and initiatives since obtaining the top job in the city with the goal of reducing the number of rats in the five boroughs.
They include modified trash pickup schedules, containerization requirements for local restaurants, an enhanced composting program, and the appointment of a city rat czar.
Waste Storing In Rat-Proof Containers
Businesses will now be required to store their waste in rat-proof containers, although they will have flexibility over the sort of containers they choose and the location in which they are kept.
It was always blatantly ludicrous to think that the biggest city in the world couldn't get its waste into wheelie bins. However, such a way of thinking contributed to the rat population's success and the over 50-year stench in our streets, according to Tisch. "The Adams administration will have moved half of all of New York City's trash — nearly 20 million pounds a day — from black bags into bins in less than a year since the effort began.