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The NYC Department of Sanitation keeps New York City healthy, safe and clean – and New Yorkers, businesses and organizations can partner with DSNY by adopting a litter basket!

Volunteers in our Adopt-a-Basket Program help protect our health and quality of life by keeping many of the City’s 25,000 litter baskets from overflowing.

Why Volunteer?
New Yorkers in busy areas sometimes fill litter baskets faster than our Sanitation teams can empty them. It’s better for our neighborhoods – and businesses – to help keep garbage from spilling onto sidewalks.

Participants can highlight that they’re doing their share for their community! The Department presents all participants with a Certificate of Appreciation, which can be put on display.

How Do I Help?
Sanitation provides a supply of plastic liners, a collection schedule – and a direct DSNY contact at our local office.

To help, monitor your litter baskets; when they’re three-quarters full, remove the used plastic liners, tie them, leave them next to the basket and insert a new liner.

Sponsor a Basket, Too!
To reduce litter and improve our streetscape, sponsors purchase deluxe, heavier-duty litter baskets – which Sanitation teams regularly empty.

In the Sponsor-a-Basket Program, businesses, organizations and New Yorkers supply pre-approved baskets to replace the City’s standard design. These higher-end baskets include a logo or name to highlight the sponsor’s commitment to maintaining the community’s quality of life. (Of course, you can sponsor and adopt a basket, too!)

To sponsor a basket or learn more about this initiative, email

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