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Sanitation Begins Winter Night Plow Schedule

Friday, November 7, 2014 | Vito A. Turso/Belinda A. Mager

Press Release # 14-79, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia announced today that the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will begin its annual “Night Plow” operations on November 10. Night Plow enables DSNY to respond promptly and effectively to snow and ice conditions around the clock.

The seasonal change assures that DSNY will have a sufficient number of employees assigned to work the night and early morning shifts and to operate essential snow fighting equipment in each of the city’s 59 Sanitation Districts. The two shifts are 4:00 p.m. to Midnight, and Midnight to 8:00 a.m. The day shift starts at 6:00 a.m. DSNY’s snow season runs from mid-November through mid-April.

DSNY has a frontline defense of more than 400 salt spreaders that are dispatched prior to the start of the impending snowfall to salt arterial highways and bus routes. DSNY has a storage capacity for more than 267,000 tons of rock salt and 325,000 gallons of calcium chloride solution at facilities throughout the city. Once snow begins to accumulate on the City’s streets and highways, DSNY can deploy 2,300 plowable trucks to clear snow and ice. DSNY is responsible for more than 19,000 lane miles of roadway in the City.

“Now that temperatures are starting to drop, we are moving to Night Plow operations to allow us to schedule Sanitations Workers to staff the overnight hours in preparation for a quick response to snowfall,” said Commissioner Garcia.

When Sanitation Workers are not on snow and ice removal duty, the night shift will collect household refuse and recycling. The crews are advised to work as quietly as possible.

A “Snow 101” on DSNY snow operations is available online.

For further information on Sanitation services, call 311 or visit DSNY’s website at

About the New York City Department of Sanitation

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) promotes a healthy environment through the efficient management of solid waste and the development of environmentally sound long-range planning for handling refuse, including recyclables. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of 2,022 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 365 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,000 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.