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Press Release #17-91
Friday, December 29, 2017
CONTACT: Public Affairs 646-885-5020

“Sweeping in” 2018 in Times Square

Every New Year’s Eve, revelers gather in Times Square to ring in the upcoming year. Party hats, noisemakers, confetti, paper streamers and other pieces of New Year’s joy help make a festive night, though all the material left behind must be cleaned by daybreak.

As the throngs of celebrants begin to head home, a small army of Sanitation employees from the New York City Department of Sanitation are ready to “sweep in” to clean up the aftermath of one of New York’s most fun events.

This year, DSNY’s Times Square cleanup will include:

  • 246 Sanitation Workers
  • 46 Officers, and
  • 2 Deputy Chiefs on duty.

They will use:

  • 30 mechanical brooms,
  • 44 basket/litter trucks,
  • 58 back pack blowers, and
  • 58 hand brooms.

Last year, DSNY removed nearly 50 tons of debris.

“New Year’s Eve in New York City brings not only millions of people to the Times Square area, but also tons of debris,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “Thanks to a small army of Sanitation employees, every last piece of confetti will be quickly cleared away.”

About the New York City Department of Sanitation

The 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 693 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.