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Sanitation sweeps away 48 tons of New Year’s trash, party hats from Times Square

Monday, January 5, 2015 | Vito A. Turso

Press Release # 15-02, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia announced today that the Department collected 48 tons of trash from the Times Square New Year’s cleanup. As the revelers dispersed, a small army of Sanitation Workers began to remove party hats, confetti, and noise makers from the “crossroads of the world.”

For the massive cleanup, Sanitation deployed 178 Sanitation Workers plus supervisory personnel using 26 mechanical sweepers, 25 collection trucks, 38 leaf blowers, and other types of street cleaning equipment to the area.

“Every year, the Department of Sanitation does its part to sweep clean Times Square from the festivities of New York Eve. The cleanup is a tremendous undertaking that’s done smoothly, efficiently, and quickly to open the area to pedestrian and vehicular traffic,” said Commissioner Garcia. “ Our employees take pride in cleaning up after a big celebration and look forward to doing it again next year.”

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.