You think Pizza Rat is a hero? Watch Milkshake Squirrel make him/her look like a fumbling amateur compared to the slick and professional moves of this critter who is a gold medal champion in making a meal from New York scraps. Oh and he/she was cadging this drink from a Shake Shack trash container, obviously a cool millenial squirrel as well.
Which means that despite NYC’s tremendous efforts to deal with all the trash in the City, the stark truth is that virtually all the critters in NYC survive on our trash. Except the hawks who make the city home; they live off the rats and squirrels helping a little in maintaining the ecological balance.
The City does work hard at controlling trash. Residents generate 3.8 million tons of trash and businesses 4 million tons per year. 7,200 sanitation workers clean it up using 2,230 sanitation collection trucks and 450 mechanical street sweepers. That’s a mighty effort. Meanwhile down in the subway travellers generate 40 tons of trash every day.
Recently the MTA in it’s wisdom eliminated trash containers from 39 stations to test the assumption that if there were no trash containers people would take their trash with them. Oh and if you’re wondering Pizza Rat snagged his pizza on a station with trash containers so we can only guess that stations without trash containers are rat heaven.
Realistically it’s impossible to keep the streets and subways completely clean and even if it was possible we would then have to deal with millions of dead critters, at least in the short term, as they all starved to death.
However we should all expect the City Council to keep up and increase its efforts to control the rat inhabitants of the City because they are horrible and dirty and far from heroes.