After years of complaints from these quarters, the City Council seems to have kicked the dirty habit of plastering members' names on garbage cans.
The good news comes from the new list of Council slush fund projects - which shows that while four members have allocated tax dollars for extra street baskets, using them as free, publicly funded advertising isn't so popular anymore.
That's a break from the past 15 years, when the Council and one borough president spent more than $1 million - including $56,000 last year - to pay for thousands of cans with labels like "Sponsored by Council Member So and So."
This year's garbage cans are largely name-free.
Now that the practice appears over, the Council should outright ban it. City government sponsors enough garbage already.