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Sanitation to Begin Winter Night Plow Schedule

Monday, November 9, 2009 | Vito A. Turso/Matthew LiPani

Press Release # 09-42, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced today that on Monday, November 16th, the Department of Sanitation will begin its Annual Night Plow Operation that enables the Department to respond promptly and effectively to snow and ice conditions around the clock.

The seasonal change will assure that the Department will have a sufficient number of employees assigned to work the night shifts in each of the city's 59 Sanitation Districts so that a trained and experienced workforce is available to operate essential snow fighting equipment on the night and early morning shifts. These two shifts are 4:00 PM to Midnight and Midnight to 8:00 AM. The day shift starts at 6:00 AM. The Department's snow season runs from November through mid-April.

The Department has a front line defense of 365 salt spreaders that are dispatched prior to the start of the impending snowfall to salt arterial highways and bus routes. The Department has a storage capacity of 235,000 tons of rock salt, and 360,700 gallons of calcium chloride deicing solution at 47 facilities throughout the city. Once snow begins to accumulate on the City's streets and highways, approximately 2,000 plows are mounted on various DSNY trucks in order to clear snow from the City's more than 6,000 curb miles of streets.

Commissioner Doherty said: "I am pleased to announce that the Department is ready for action in the event a major snowfall hits the Big Apple. All Sanitation personnel are gearing up for another winter that may bring heavy snowstorms, but the Department will be prepared whether only an inch or mounds of snow hit New York City."

When the Department is not handling snow and ice situations, night shift Sanitation Workers will collect household refuse and recycling. As a result, some neighborhoods may experience minor inconveniences. Night collection crews have been advised to work as quietly as possible.

For further information on Sanitation services, call the Citizens Service Center at 311 or visit the Department's website at