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2017 Press Releases


Monday, July 31, 2017

Bronx News: NYC Organics Update
Curbside Collection Beginning in Bronx CB’s 10 and 11 this Week;
Brown Bins Delivered to Bronx CB’s 8 and 12 Starting Next Week

The New York City Department of Sanitation is continuing expansion of its NYC Organics program – the largest curbside collection program of food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste in the nation. Today, the Department begins collecting material from residents living in Eastchester Bay, Edgewater, Bronxdale and Morris Park in the Bronx - community boards 10 and 11. Additionally, the Department will soon begin to distribute brown NYC Organics collection bins to residents in Riverdale, Fieldston, Baychester, Eastchester and Woodlawn in the Bronx - community boards 8 and 12. Curbside collection will begin in those areas the week of September 4.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-46


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Enforcement of Business Recycling Rules Begins August 1

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia announced today that starting August 1, 2017, the New York City Department of Sanitation will begin enforcing business recycling rules that went into effect last year. The rules cover all commercial establishments, and others, that have their garbage and recycling collected by private carters. All businesses must recycle metal, glass, plastic, beverage cartons and paper. Some must also recycle textiles and organic material.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-45


Monday, July 17, 2017

Sanitation Department Proposes Expanded Organics Recycling Requirements for Large Food Retailers and Food Service Establishments

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia today announced a proposal to require additional commercial food establishments to separate organic waste. The proposal is expected to increase food waste diversion by more than 50,000 tons per year – builds on the early success of organics requirements for large food-related businesses.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-44


Monday, July 3, 2017

July Update: More than 2 Million New Yorker’s Now Have Access to NYC Organics Curbside Program

This week, the New York City Department of Sanitation is again expanding its NYC Organics program – the largest curbside collection program of food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste in the nation.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-42


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

No Garbage, Recycling or Organic Collection, or Street Cleaning on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced that in observance of Independence Day, there will be no garbage, recycling, or organics collection, or street cleaning on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-41


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SERVICE ALERT: Curbside Organics Collection Changes in Brooklyn Community Board 7

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced that starting the week of July 3, residents living in parts of Brooklyn Community Board 7, including Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace, should put their brown organic collection bins out for pickup on their recycling day only. The Department determined most residents are putting out their bins on their recycling day, and this change will help create efficiencies as the Department further expands the curbside collection of food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste to additional neighborhoods throughout the city.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-40


Monday, June 26, 2017

Staten Island’s “Don’t Litter, Recycle” School Poster Contest

The Department of Sanitation, in collaboration with Pratt Industries, the Office of Borough President James S. Oddo, and the Department of Education, will be announcing the finalists of their borough-wide art contest that communicates “Don’t Litter, Recycle!”—where students in Staten Island schools from Pre-K thru 8th grade were asked to create posters promoting the campaign for recycling.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-39


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Department of Sanitation Issues Update to 2016 Strategic Plan

One year after the release of the New York City Department of Sanitation’s first-ever strategic plan, today, the Department published a Strategic Plan Update, providing New Yorkers with the status of the ambitious goals that we set to ensure the needs of an evolving city are met.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-38


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Winners Announced in Zero Waste Schools Award Program

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced the winning schools in the inaugural Zero Waste Schools Awards program. The awards recognize city schools for completing educational projects on recycling, waste reduction and reuse, gardening, and neighborhood beautification.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-37


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The State of Reuse in New York City

At today’s 10th annual donateNYC conference, Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia released the NYC Reuse Sector Report, a comprehensive survey of the city’s reuse-associated businesses and organizations that includes places that sell, repair or rent used items. Giving new life to used items keeps them out of landfill and helps the city reach its goal of sending zero waste to landfill by 2030.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-36


Monday, June 5, 2017

NYC Organics Update: Curbside Collection of Organic Material Beginning in Brooklyn CB’s 2, 13 and 15 this Week;

This week, the New York City Department of Sanitation is leading the single largest expansion of its NYC Organics since the program’s inception. Today, some 360,000 residents in Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 13, and 15 are able to set their food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste at the curb for collection, bringing the total number of residents with access to curbside collection to nearly 1.6 million. Additionally, the Department is beginning to distribute brown NYC Organics bins to residents in Brooklyn Community Boards 7, 11 and 12. Curbside collection in those areas begins next month

PRESS RELEASE # 17-35


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Queens SAFE Disposal Event to be Held Saturday, June 10

City residents wanting to dispose of potentially harmful household materials may do so at the Department of Sanitation’s Queens SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal event, held Saturday, June 10. The drop-off event will be held at CitiField parking lot A, rain-or-shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents driving to the free event should approach from Shea Avenue & 126 Street. Last year, the Department collected more than 1,110 tons of material at the SAFE events.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-34


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

#inTheBronx News: NYC Sanitation Organics Updates

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.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-33


Monday, May 22, 2017

No Garbage, Recycling or Organic Collection, nor Street Cleaning on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced that in observance of Memorial Day, there will be no garbage, recycling, or organics collection, nor street cleaning on Monday, May 29, 2017.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-31


Thursday, May 11, 2017

NYC Sanitation Launches DSNY Info, its App to Help Keep New York City Healthy, Safe and Clean

The New York City Department of Sanitation is announcing the launch of DSNY Info, its smart phone and tablet app that provides Sanitation service reminders, updates and special event schedules. The app also includes tips to reduce, reuse and recycle, making it easier for New Yorkers send zero waste to landfills by 2030. The free app is available for both iOS and Android operating systems, and can be found by searching DSNY Info in the Apple App and Google Play stores.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-29


Sunday, May 7, 2017

DSNY, NYC Parks, New York Knicks Tip Off New #TalkTrashNewYork Anti-Litter Campaign

Because keeping New York City clean takes a full-court press, the New York City Department of Sanitation is partnering with NYC Parks and the New York Knicks to tip off #TalkTrashNewYork, a new springtime anti-litter campaign promoting clean streets, sidewalks, beaches and parks across the City.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-28


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bronx SAFE Disposal Event to be Held Saturday, May 13

City residents wanting to dispose of potentially harmful household materials may do so at the Department of Sanitation’s Bronx SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal event, held Saturday, May 13. The drop-off event will be held at the Orchard Beach parking lot, rain-or-shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents driving to the free event should follow Park Drive to the end. Last year, the Department collected more than 1,110 tons of material at the SAFE events.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-27


Monday, May 1, 2017

Brooklyn Update: Curbside Collection of Organic Material Begins in CB’s 1 and 16 Week of Monday, May 1

Starting the week of May 1, the New York City Department of Sanitation will begin the curbside collection of food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste, otherwise known as organic material, from residents living in Brooklyn’s Community Boards 1 and 16. Additionally, the Department will soon begin distributing brown bins to residents in Community Boards 2, 13 and 15. Curbside collection in those areas begins next month.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-25


Friday, April 28, 2017

Staten Island SAFE Disposal Event to be Held Saturday, May 6

City residents wanting to dispose of potentially harmful household materials may do so at the Department of Sanitation’s Staten Island SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal event, held Saturday, May 6. The drop-off event will be held at the Midland Beach parking lot, rain-or-shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents driving to the free event should approach from Slater Boulevard. Last year, the Department collected more than 1,110 tons of material.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-24


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Manhattan SAFE Disposal Event to be Held Sunday, April 30

City residents wanting to dispose of potentially harmful household materials may do so at the Department of Sanitation’s Manhattan SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal event, held Sunday, April 30. The drop-off event will be held by Columbia University, at 120th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. Residents driving to the free event should approach from Seminary Drive down Amsterdam Avenue. The rain-or-shine event is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last year, the Department collected more than 1,110 tons of material.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-22


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

DSNY Announces Final Contract to Transport Waste from Brooklyn by Barge

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced today the selection of Waste Management for a $3.3 billion, 20-year contract to export waste from the Hamilton Avenue and Southwest Brooklyn marine transfer stations. This contract, which was submitted to the Comptroller last week, is the final long-term waste export contract of the City’s 2006 Solid Waste Management Plan, a comprehensive, long-term plan to equitably and sustainably collect and dispose of New York City’s municipal solid waste.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-21


Friday, April 14, 2017

Mayor de Blasio Announces Additional DSNY Litter Patrols to Provide Manual Sweeping Cleaning Services on Staten Island

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, and City Council Member Steven Matteo announced today that Staten Island will be receiving Department of Sanitation specialized litter patrols to provide additional manual street sweeping services throughout the borough. The program will begin shortly.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-20


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Milestone: Ten Million Pounds of Electronics and Ten Million Pounds of Textiles Collected and Recycled Through DSNY Programs

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced two major milestones for its high-rise apartment building recycling programs; re-fashioNYC has collected 10 million pounds of used clothing, towels and linens, while the electronics recycling program, e-cycleNYC, has collected 10 million pounds of unwanted electronic items, such as computers and televisions.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-19


Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 SAFE Disposal Events Announced; Events Provide NYC Residents Easy Option for Disposal of Potentially Harmful Household Items

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced the first five 2017 dates for the Department’s annual SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal events. The events provide City residents with a one-stop drop-off to safely dispose of potentially harmful household products. Last year, more than 1,110 tons of material was collected. This year, the first event is Sunday, April 2 in Brooklyn.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-17


Thursday, March 23, 2017

DSNY Announces Major Expansion of NYC Organics Program

Today, the New York City Department of Sanitation announced a major expansion of its curbside food scrap and yard waste collection program. This year, the program, which collects “organic” waste and turns it into usable compost or renewable energy, will be made available to more than two million additional city residents. The program began as a pilot for 3,200 residents in spring 2013 and is already available to nearly one million residents citywide.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-16


Friday, March 17, 2017

DSNY Issues ‘Snow Alert’ for Saturday, March 18 at 3 a.m.

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a "Snow Alert" for Saturday, March 18 at 3 a.m.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-14


Sunday, March 12, 2017

DSNY Issues ‘Snow Alert’ for Monday, March 13 at 11 p.m. to Prepare Equipment and Personnel for Major Winter Storm

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a "Snow Alert" for Monday, March 13 at 11 p.m. Calling a “Snow Alert” allows DSNY to begin to prepare for a response by loading salt spreaders, attaching plows, preparing tire chains and notifying other city agencies and supplementary personnel as needed.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-13


Thursday, March 9, 2017

DSNY Issues ‘Snow Alert’ for Friday, March 10 at 1 a.m. to Prepare Equipment and Personnel for Winter Weather

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a "Snow Alert" for Friday, March 10 at 1 a.m. Calling a “Snow Alert” allows DSNY to begin to prepare for a possible response by loading salt spreaders, attaching plows, preparing tire chains and notifying other city agencies and supplementary personnel as needed.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-12


Thursday, March 2, 2017

DSNY Issues ‘Snow Alert’ for Friday, March 3 at 1 p.m. to Prepare Equipment and Personnel for Winter Weather

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a "Snow Alert" for Friday, March 3 at 1 p.m. Calling a “Snow Alert” allows DSNY to begin to prepare for a possible response by loading salt spreaders, attaching plows, preparing tire chains and notifying other city agencies and supplementary personnel as needed.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-11


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

No Garbage, Recycling or Organic Collection, nor Street Cleaning on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced that in observance of Presidents’ Day, there will be no garbage, recycling, or organics collection, nor street cleaning on Monday, February 20, 2017.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-10


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

DSNY Issues ‘Snow Alert’ for Thursday, February 9 at 12:01 a.m. to Prepare Equipment and Personnel for Winter Weather

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a "Snow Alert" for Thursday, February 9 at 12:01 a.m. Calling a “Snow Alert” allows DSNY to begin to prepare for a possible response by loading salt spreaders, attaching plows, preparing tire chains and notifying other city agencies and supplementary personnel as needed.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-09


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Collection Service will Occur on Lincoln’s Birthday, Monday, February 13

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced that there would be garbage, organics and recycling collection on the Lincoln’s Birthday holiday, Monday, February 13.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-07


Monday, January 30, 2017

DSNY Issues ‘Snow Alert’ for Tuesday, January 31 at 6 a.m. to Prepare Equipment and Personnel for Winter Weather

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued an agency preparedness ‘snow alert’ for Tuesday, January 31 at 6 a.m. A snow alert indicates the potential for winter weather, and allows DSNY to begin to prepare for a possible response by loading salt spreaders, attaching plows (if necessary), preparing tire chains and notifying other city agencies and supplementary personnel as needed.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-05


Saturday, January 14, 2017

DSNY Issues ‘Snow Alert’ for Saturday, January 14 at 2 p.m. to Prepare Equipment and Personnel for Winter Weather

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued an agency preparedness ‘snow alert’ for Saturday, January 14 at 2 p.m. A snow alert indicates the potential for winter weather, and allows DSNY to begin to prepare for a possible response by loading salt spreaders, attaching plows (if necessary), preparing tire chains and notifying other city agencies and supplementary personnel as needed.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-04


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

No Garbage, Recycling or Organic Collection, nor Street Cleaning on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced that in observance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, there will be no garbage, recycling, or organics collection, nor street cleaning on Monday, January 16, 2017.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-03


Friday, January 6, 2017

DSNY Issues ‘Snow Alert’ for Saturday, January 7 at 7 a.m. to Prepare Equipment and Personnel for Winter Weather

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued an agency preparedness ‘snow alert’ for Saturday, January 7 at 7 a.m. A snow alert indicates the potential for winter weather, and allows DSNY to begin to prepare for a possible response by loading salt spreaders, attaching plows (if necessary), preparing tire chains and notifying other city agencies and supplementary personnel as needed.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-02


Thursday, January 5, 2017

DSNY Issues ‘Snow Alert’ for Thursday, January 5 at 10 p.m. to Prepare Equipment and Personnel for Winter Weather

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued an agency preparedness ‘snow alert’ for Thursday, January 5 at 10 p.m. A snow alert indicates the potential for winter weather, and allows DSNY to begin to prepare for a possible response by loading salt spreaders, attaching plows (if necessary), preparing tire chains and notifying other city agencies and supplementary personnel as needed.

PRESS RELEASE # 17-01