East Boston residents want sidewalks cleaned up

May 5, 2014 03:48 PM

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Ashley Jamie Delma
The day the city’s weekly trash pick-up in the neighborhood, refuse remains strewn on Saratoga Street in East Boston.

By Ashley Jamie Delma, Globe Correspondent

After the start of city street cleaning April 1, and thanks to the residents and business owners who clean the sidewalks outside their buildings, the sidewalks of East Boston are getting cleaner.

But some resident’s of East Boston are still not satisfied with the trash that lingers around on streets like Putnam and Saratoga after trash day.

“I feel like there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. The sidewalks are filthy,” said Nikki Trottier, 26 of East Boston. “I constantly complain about how filthy they are.”

Sidewalk uncleanliness is much worse in East Boston than other areas of the city, Trottier said. “I lived in the South End for a little while and it wasn’t nearly as bad as this,” he said.

East Boston has dealt with this issue of clean sidewalks in the past. On Facebook there is a page titled “Cleanup Eastie,” which was created in 2011. People in the community are encouraged to post pictures of the trash when they see it.

Four years ago, a pilot program launched in Jeffries Point neighborhood that was supposed to spread throughout all of East Boston. The goal was to impose “proper trash disposal and enforcement” to help get the streets of East Boston clean according to Eastetimes.com.

Yet, since 2012, the traffic on the Facebook page has died down and the trash is just as visible in the pictures then as it is on the sidewalks of East Boston now.

“I think it’s the community here. I think they don’t care, or at least no one is making them care anymore,” said Trottier.

Four years ago a new recycling program was introduced and residents of East Boston received new recycling bins, but “people don’t use them,” said Ed Pearson, Coordinator of East Boston Community Garden at Maverick.

Since some residents don’t recycle, people come pick through the trash bags for returnable bottles and cans, causing a mess said Julie Hard, who lives on Maryann Street.

Residents complained about what they often find when walking on the streets of East Boston. “I see the occasional diaper,” said Hard.

Pearson recalled finding a syringe outside the tree of his home on Green Street. “I called the city for that one,” said Pearson. “I wasn’t picking it up.”

“Lottery tickets everywhere, “ said Trottier. “Biggest thing I see around here, always.”

This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and Emerson College.

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