Trash continues to line Coney Island streets [PHOTOS]

Trash cans on the boardwalk are unable to handle the amount of trash in the area. Photo by Matt Tracy/Coney Island News

Trash continues to be a nuisance in Coney Island.

The beach crowd is known to leave behind just about anything — broken beer bottles, plastic bags, aluminum cans —  you name it, it’s in the sand. But weeks have passed since the summer tourists fizzled out, and yet, there is visible trash from the boardwalk to the streets further north in Coney Island.

The responsibility of the boardwalk falls on the Department of Parks, and even with their workers walking around picking up trash, it still piles up.

Meanwhile, Coney Island News contacted the Department of Sanitation regarding the street trash (see photos below), but they deflected responsibility to property owners.

“It appears from the photos that the material is on the sidewalk,” a spokesperson wrote in an e-mail after we sent them photos of trash. “Residents and business owners have a responsibility to keep the area in front of their property clean. This includes the sidewalk and extends to the area 18 inches into the street.”

The littering around Coney Island continues despite Councilmember Mark Treyger’s announcement in August that he secured funding to expand cleaning services in eight major commercial corridors within the 47th Council District as part of the NYC Cleanup Initiative. Only one of those areas — Mermaid Avenue, between Stillwell Avenue and West 31st Street — is in Coney Island.

Trash problems are not limited to Coney Island; dirty streets in Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay have long drawn the ire of locals. Even worse, the water in Coney Island Creek and Sheepshead Bay has grown even more toxic over the years.

Check out evidence of trash on several streets, as detailed below:

A paper plate is seen on the boardwalk, along with more trash in the distance. Photo by Matt Tracy/Coney Island News.
Trash litters the sidewalk on W. 16 St. Photo by Matt Tracy/Coney Island News
Trash is seen on the sidewalk near the intersection of W. 16th St. and Surf Ave. Photo by Matt Tracy/Coney Island News
Trash is seen along a grassy area near the sidewalk on W. 19th St. Photo by Matt Tracy/Coney Island News
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