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EMP Collects Millionth Trash Bag!
On April 1, 2002, the East Midtown Partnership began its street sanitation program... and on the morning of Wednesday, April 18, we began the lead-up to Earth Day by collecting our one-millionth trash bag.
Commissioner John Doherty of the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY); Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth DeLeon of the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS); and George McDonald, Founder and President of The Doe Fund, Inc. joined Partnership Board of Directors Chair Debra Fechter, Treasurer Brian Steinwurtzel, and members David Brooks and Xavier Stewart for a ceremony to mark this milestone at the corner of East 57th Street and Lexington Avenue.
Through our close, decade-long partnership with DSNY and The Doe Fund, our sanitation contractor, we have removed over 13-thousand tons of trash and consistently scored high marks for street and sidewalk cleanliness. Not only that, but more than 800 men who have come through The Doe Fund's program in East Midtown have broken the cycles of homeless, addiction and criminal recidivism and gone on to productive full-time employment, often with area businesses!
Keeping our community clean is one of the most important things the Partnership does. And now... onto the next million bag!