New York’s Your Disposal!
October 2017
DSNY Making History

Commissioner Kathryn Garcia has promoted Steven Costas to First Deputy Commissioner. A 30-year veteran of Sanitation, FDC Costas is the first Hispanic in the Department’s 88 years to rise through the ranks to the Department’s second-in-command.

Learn more about First Deputy Commissioner Costas.

Moving Up

Chief Edward Grayson and Chief Shari Pardini now boast four stars! Chief Grayson is serving as the Director of Cleaning and Collection, and Chief Pardini is Director of the Operations Management Division – and is the highest ranking uniformed woman in DSNY’s history.
2017 Annual Report

photo Commissioner Garcia has released our 2017 Annual Report, which highlights our many successes during Fiscal Year 2016-2017.  Learn how we’re advancing zero waste, keeping our environment healthy, improving safety for our Strongest and New Yorkers, and our record-breaking clean streets.
Commissioner Garcia Keynotes at Wastecon


Commissioner Garcia spoke at SWANA’s Wastecon, highlighting how our Department is transforming how New Yorkers view waste and DSNY’s commitment to removing litter, snow and ice.

Two Safe Disposal Events Left This Season

photo Don’t miss our last two SAFE Disposal events this season: the Bronx on 10/7 and Staten Island on 10/21. They’re just another way DSNY helps New Yorkers to dispose of their household goods properly and safely.
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Take Care!

Protecting Yourself and Others from Norovirus

Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause what is commonly known as the stomach flu or gastroenteritis. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills and body aches. Spread through close contact with infected people or surfaces, the virus cannot be combated by antibiotics or vaccines. Protect yourself by:

  • Washing your hands frequently—especially after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food;
  • Avoiding putting hands in mouth and in eyes; and
  • Immediately using a germ-killing cleanser to remove bodily waste or vomit, and washing soiled clothes in hot soapy water.
For more information, call the Health Care Facility at 1-212-437-4457 or click here.

Seeking Volunteers to Travel to Puerto Rico

The City is mobilizing volunteers to help our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Residents there are facing severe shortages in water, electricity, gas and food. If interested in volunteering, fill out a quick here. Email questions to

Note: Filling out the form indicates your interest but doesn’t commit you to volunteer. Selected volunteers will be asked to commit at least two weeks, not including travel time. After deployment is approved by your supervisor, you will need to use your leave time or agency approved unpaid leave. Depending on local conditions, volunteers may be subject to very basic living conditions (e.g., accommodation in local shelters, tents, limited food options, etc.). In addition, insects can spread disease in Puerto Rico, such as including Zika from mosquitoes. 

In the Hopper

Enforcement Division Football Pool
to support Breast Cancer Awareness

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New York Islanders Game
10/7 @ 7:00pm
Barclays Center
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DSNY Columbia Association
Dinner Dance

El Caribe Country Club
10/20 @ 7pm
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Brooklyn Nets Opening Night
Barclays Center
10/20 @7:30pm
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DSNY Day with NYC Football Club
Yankee Stadium
10/22 @ 4:00pm
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DSNY Day at the New York Jets
Metlife Stadium
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DSNY Employee Discounts at
MSG and Radio City

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Heavyweight Boxing
Barclays Center
Call for pricing (718) 942-9665
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The Social Scene


photo Louis Leccese, known as Louie Arms, has passed away. Louis was an 831 representative and will be remembered by his DSNY colleagues.
From the Commissioner

Kathryn Garcia

Last month, I congratulated First Deputy Commissioner Dennis Diggins on his well-earned retirement. This month, I’m excited to announce the promotion of several new leaders within the agency.

First, Steven Costas has been promoted to First Deputy Commissioner. FDC Costas is a 30-year veteran of the Department and is charged with ensuring the successful expansion of NYC Organics to serve all New Yorkers by the end of next year. In addition, Edward Grayson and Shari Pardini have been promoted to the four-star ranks as Director of the Bureau of Cleaning and Collection and the Director of the Operations Management Division, respectively. Along with the rest of the leadership team, Directors Grayson and Pardini will continue to lead us toward innovative practices and continue to improve the services we provide to New Yorkers. Lastly, Javier Lojan has been promoted to three-star chief in the role of Director of the Personnel Management Division. Please join me in congratulating each of them on their well-deserved promotions.

Building a strong team is a key component in meeting our mandate to keep New York City healthy, safe and clean, particularly as we embrace our role as protectors of our environment. We have come so far; just imagine how much more we can accomplish together.

Also this month, we are wrapping up our 2017 NYC Organics curbside collection expansion. On October 30, we’ll add Queens West 2 and 9 and Queens East 14, marking the end of the largest expansion since the beginning of the program. More than 3.3 million New Yorkers will have regular curbside organics collection service as of the end of the month, and we’re well on our way to achieving our goal of serving all New Yorkers by the end of next year with either curbside collection or convenient neighborhood drop-offs. And, we’re excited to help New Yorkers once again celebrate a greener Halloween with Pumpkin Smash, where residents can help chop, toss, mash, and smash pumpkins to ready them for composting. Follow us on social media @nycsanitation and @nyczerowaste for all the details.

I have deep appreciation for all that we do to keep New York City a great place to live, work and visit.

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