Mayor Barlow Proposes Multi-Pronged ‘Keep Oswego Clean Initiative’

OSWEGO – Mayor Billy Barlow has proposed a multi-pronged initiative to protect the environment and reduce litter in the Port City.

Mayor Barlow’s “Keep Oswego Clean Initiative” introduces an entirely new chapter to the Oswego City Code entitled Chapter 115, “Environmental Protection Code.”

The initiative will focus on preventing littering, banning smoking and vaping on city property, adds environmental protections and supports the New York States Plastic Bag ban set to take effect in 2020.

The proposals included in the Keep Oswego Clean Initiative are:

– Ban smoking, vaping and tobacco use on all city property and events

– Doubling the local fine for litter from $100 to $200

– Ban the sale and use of Styrofoam within city limits

– Doubling amount of trash cans in downtown and city parks

– Support NYS plastic bag ban with “Keep Oswego Clean” reusable tote bags

“With the unprecedented growth we are experiencing in the city of Oswego, it makes sense to put forth initiatives that will keep our city clean, promote the health and well-being of our residents and protect our environment by banning toxic products and supporting New York State’s plastic bag ban,” Barlow said. “The Keep Oswego Clean Initiative will position Oswego as a regional leader by taking proactive steps to protect the environment, reduce litter, improve the condition of our city and promote healthy living.”

The Keep Oswego Clean Initiative packages all the proposed reforms into one proposal for the Oswego Common Council to consider.

Mayor Barlow will propose the entire initiative to the Common Council on October 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Oswego City Hall.


  1. I wonder if the additional trash cans will be lined with…………more plastic bags? Worn out rugs and carpeting also go to Bristol Hill, as do IV bags, tubing and catheters, plastic kiddie pools, broken plastic trash cans, plastic knives and forks, plastic dash boards and bumpers, plastic cups and plates, foam take-out clamshell food containers, plastic cereal bags, plastic wrap from raw meat and fish, worn out plastic house shutters, plastic air conditioner shells, plastic refrigerator shelves, plastic field turf, plastic pumpkins, micro fiber pillows….etc. I try to remember that here is no such thing as “away” in the cliche’ “throw it away”. The item discarded may be further “away”, but it is still “here”.

  2. I find it hard to understand the negative comments. Anything that make our community a place that adds less polution to the world is surely a good thing.

    I mean what is the worst that could happen. If all these liberal activists were to stop fossil fuels and clean up our planet, and make it a better place for every one and we discover they were wrong and we made our planet better for every one for no reason.

    The horror …

  3. Speaking of a clean planet, could start by removing the fly ash full of cancer causing vanadium under Breightbeck Park. Then take a walk or drive in the first ward on a Tuesday morning and see all the overflowing trash bins with squirrels and crows eating and spreading food all over the place. More laws and words instead of doing….

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