SoHo intersections and streets have become inundated with unsightly and unhealthy trash and litter. Accordingly, an ad hoc group of residents and stakeholders - @CleanUpSoHo - have initiated a dialogue with DSNY as well as the City Council members representing our district to identify short- and long-term solutions to this growing problem. (See the group’s February 26 & May 15 Press Releases and a March 30 article in The Villager by Yukie Ohta.) Our near-term objective is to replace approximately 100 existing/missing small wire mesh baskets with sturdy, high-capacity 45-gallon receptacles approved by DSNY through their Sponsor-A- Basket program. In addition to an anti-litter message, logos on the baskets will acknowledge both DSNY and the Sponsor. The total cost per basket including logo and shipping costs is estimated at $1,500. Longer term goals include 1) Educating property owners and commercial entities about the requirements of existing DSNY laws and regulations regarding proper trash disposal, recycling guidelines, collection schedules, commercial cartage, etc; and 2) Negotiating a street/gutter sweeping contract with a third-party organization to maintain clean streets, corners and gutters. To accomplish the near-term goal of replacing trash receptacles, we propose to raise funds from various neighborhood sources, including co-op/condo associations, landlords and building managers, rather than relying on an increasingly transient retail constituency. Funds will be collected under the tax-exempt umbrella of NYC Strut Corporation, a 501c-3 corporation, which has established a segregated account dedicated to the Clean Up SoHo Neighborhood Project. Sponsors will receive annual accounting statements, as well as a letter of acknowledgement suitable for tax filing. How to participate in the Sponsor-A- Basket Program: 1. Submit a Letter of Intent addressed to DSNY (template attached) 2. Prepare a Photo and/or Digital Image of your proposed logo (specifications attached) 3. Mail items 1 and 2 along with a check made payable to “NYC Strut Corporation: Clean Up SoHo” to NYC Strut Corporation, PO Box 1848, Canal Street Station, New York, NY 10013. Note: Manufacture, delivery and installation of these baskets takes approximately 8 weeks from the time the order is placed. We hope to receive your commitment and response by June 15, in order to have the baskets in place for the summer and holiday tourist seasons.