FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release #17-33
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
CONTACT: Vito A. Turso/Belinda Mager 646-885-5020
#inTheBronx News: NYC Sanitation Organics Updates
New Drop-Off Sites, Curbside Collection Expansion, Large Apartment Building Enrollment
Today at the BronxWorks Fresh Food Box, the New York City Department of Sanitation announced the upcoming expansion of NYC Organics in the Bronx, including the expansion of curbside service and drop-off sites, and open enrollment for all high-rise buildings and institutions. The NYC Organics program collects organic material – food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste – from city residents, and puts it to beneficial reuse. After collection, organic material can be turned into compost, a soil amendment that creates healthier soil, or natural gas.
Starting June 7, the Bronx will be home to nine additional food scrap drop-off sites.
Learn what type of material can be brought to drop-off sites, and find other food scrap drop-off sites at on.nyc.gov/dropfoodwaste.
Curbside Expansion News:
The Department of Sanitation continues to expand the curbside collection of organic material. This summer and fall, the Department will add Bronx Community Boards 8, 10, 11 and 12 to the program. To participate in the program, residents collect their food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste in Department-provided hard-sided, locking bins, and place the bin at the curb on their collection day. Placing scraps in locking bins can help deter pests, as critters are not able to access the food source.
Bins will be delivered to eligible residents in Bronx 10 and 11 in July, and collection starts the week of July 31. Bins will be delivered to eligible residents in Bronx 8 and 12 in August, and collection begins the week of September 4. The curbside collection program began in 2013, and is already available to more than one million NYC residents. By the end of 2017, the program will be available to more than three million city residents.
Large Apartment Building and Institutional Enrollment:
Bronx apartment buildings with more than 10 units and Bronx non-profit institutions are also invited to enroll in the NYC Organics program. We work with individual buildings to develop a site-specific plan that meets the needs of the residents and building management.
Find more information on putting your organic material to good use at nyc.gov/organics.
About the New York City Department of SanitationThe Department of Sanitation (DSNY) keeps New York City healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing of waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of more than 2,000 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 689 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,500 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.