City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) says clean business districts are better and even safer business districts and wants to look at increasing fines on "chronic" litterers.
At a City Council meeting today, O'Malley said Boston's maximum littering fines are only $25, compared to $300 in New York and $1,500 in Chicago.
O'Malley also wants to look at expanding the city "hokey" program, in which workers with trash bins on wheels go around business districts cleaning up and introducing new technolgy, such as the sort of "binless bins" the T uses for recycling newspapers.
Separately, Councilor Sal LaMattina (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) wants a hearing on reducing the hours residents of certain downtown neighborhoods are allowed to put trash out on the street. Currently, residents in neighborhoods such as the North End can put trash out at 5 p.m. for pickup starting at 7 a.m. the following morning.
That's 14 or more hours in which pickers and rats can rip the bags open, spreading waste over the street, he said. Changing the earliest time to 6 a.m., with pickup after 9 a.m., could dramatically reduce the odds of trash being spread all over, he said.