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Sanitation plans ‘clean and green' sweep for Sunday's ING New York City Marathon

November 2,2007 | Vito A. Turso / Matthew Li Pani (646) 885-5020

Press Release # 07-56, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

It's a global run representing more than 100 countries through dozens of neighborhoods ofNew York City's five boroughs.  This Sunday, for the 38th time, more than 38,000 runners will dash along the 26.2 grueling and demanding miles of the ING New York City Marathon.  But following just behind the throngs of runners will be an army of Department of Sanitation employees who will sweep the streets clean of clothing, more than one and a half million drinking cups and other assorted debris and litter left in the wake of the participants and more than 2.5 million spectators.

And for the first time in Marathon history, Sanitation also will be actively recycling plastic water jugs from along the Marathon route.  In cooperation with the New York Road Runners Club and Poland Springs water, volunteers will be placing an estimated 84,000 empty one-gallon water jugs used at water stations along the route into large clear plastic bags that will be collected separately at the end of the race by DSNY recycling trucks.  The trucks will bring bags containing the empty jugs to a recycling center, instead of tossing them in with the trash as had been done in prior years.  The weight of the 84,000 empty jugs is estimated at just under a ton. 

The DSNY will deploy 152 uniformed personnel to operate 31 collection trucks, 38 mechanical brooms, 12 dump trucks, 14 push brooms and back pack blowers, three front end loaders, and a fleet of small pickup vehicles to remove the marathon trash.  DSNY’s clean up begins well before the first winner is wrapped in a mylar blanket and crowned with a laurel wreath after crossing the finish line in Central Park.  Following the 2006 ING New York City Marathon, DSNY collected 274 tons of litter and debris. 

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty said "The Department is proud to be a part of the ING New York City Marathon, which touches every borough of the City.  Marathon Sunday in New York City welcomes the professional runner as well as the individual who seeks to improve their personal best.  I join with all New Yorkers in cheering on all the runners, some of whom are off-duty members of New York 's Strongest. And I’m also pleased this year to introduce DSNY recycling to this great event."