NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s lunch time at Long Wharf but the scene is anything but appetizing.
The garbage cans were emptied by the city but a huge mess remains. Paper plates, food wrappings, cups, and other garbage litter the waterfront area.
Stephanie Schulze is among the many trying to enjoy her lunch but it’s not so easy with so much trash around.
The birds feeding on the garbage may be the only ones not complaining about the mess left from the weekend.
“I was actually just mentioning that,” Schulze tells News 8. “It’s so nice here and I really like the water. The food trucks are really cool but it’s such a shame that there’s so much trash everywhere because we can’t enjoy our lunch at all.”
Scott Jodoin comes to Long Wharf once or twice a week. He takes his tacos to go.
“There’s always garbage here especially on the weekends and stuff,” says Jodoin.
We called the city and found out the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trees is responsible for keeping this waterfront area clean.
We were also told there was a big event this weekend welcoming the Amistad back to Long Wharf Pier. Some of the trash doesn’t even come from the nearby food trucks.
“We didn’t even have a lot of people this weekend,” says Natalie Cintron whose family owns the Santa Apolonia food truck. “It was actually slow because of the rain.”
Cintron says her family keeps a garbage can right in front of their food truck for their customers. She and some of the other food truck owners have voluntarily helped clean up across the street where some say the city should add more trash cans.
“We tried our best,” says Cintron. “You know we want people to come and eat. We don’t want people to think it’s just a big dump. But yeah I would like the city to clean up.”
Cintron says her family has had their truck for 15 years. They work seven days a week and every day they clean up before they leave. They just wish the other side of Long Wharf Drive was as clean as their side.