New York’s Your Disposal!
July 2017
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NYC Organics Hits BKN02

Commissioner Garcia joined rollcall at BKN02 garage to talk organics. Like this district, more and more neighborhoods in Brooklyn and the Bronx will be launching curbside collection throughout the summer. Learn how to participate at home with the Commissioner and her mother here.

Getting to Business: Rethinking Food Waste


Businesses in New York City send more than 650,000 tons of food scraps to landfills each year. To help them embrace DSNY’s 0x30 goals, The Foundation for New York’s Strongest is hosting the first ever NYC Food Waste Fair – bringing together sustainability experts and the food industry to teach business owners how to reduce costs and get the most out of their food. Learn more here.

Read About DSNY in the News

Check out this month’s DSNY stories featured in the press:
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Take Care!

Heat Awareness—Working Safely This Summer

During summer months, New York’s Strongest often work outside, in the heat, for long hours. When our bodies can’t maintain a normal temperature, heat illnesses can strike including heat stroke, exhaustion, rash, cramps, and some cases death. Prevent this by:
  • Drinking plenty of water prior to and during your shift;
  • Avoiding drinks high in sugar or caffeine;
  • Resting in the shade or a cool area during your break;
  • Knowing the signs and symptoms of each illness; and
  • Keeping an eye on your co-workers

For more information, call the Healthcare Facility at 212-437-4457 or click here.

Doing Good and Doing Well!

photo Deputy Commissioner Lorenzo Cipollina sat in the stands as his mentee Pascal Hannou graduated from Queens College. Pascal started at DSNY two years ago when Deputy Commissioner Cipollina hired him as a College Aide. Now he’s a full time employee in the WEM office. Congratulations on your graduation, Pascal!
photo Each morning before starting his route, Sanitation Worker Phil Rizzocascio waters his organic garden he started outside of the BK11 office. He has grown tomatoes, hot peppers, squash, string beans, eggplant, basil, parsley, collard greens and some flowers all from our NYC compost!
photo Manhattan 11 Sanitation Workers ran and completed the Spartan Race, an intense obstacle course, in Tuxedo, NY in early June!
Health Benefits and Annual Rate Changes

The payroll deductions for the basic plans and optional riders for many plans are changing in July. Click here for more details:

In Case You Missed It

BRS joined this year’s Mermaid Parade – flanked by DSNY’s mirror truck!

DSNY also proudly marched in the Gay Pride Parade in the West Village!

DC Vito Turso, Deputy Director Kate Kitchener and Brown Bin accepted the Spirit Award from the NY Mets at DSNY Day at Citi Field!

This year’s Autism Speaks donations set an all-time record high of $90,000 between our December raffle and the April fundraising efforts. Thanks to all who donated!

Ten finalists showcased their art as the Staten Island Yankee Game as winners of the “Don’t Litter, Recycle” school poster contest!

Photographer Nathan Kensinger created a photo essay while kayaking through Staten Island’s former Fresh Kills landfill. Check out the amazing pictures, here.

The Lemon, a group of students at NYU, decorated a tree with 100 plastic bags to raise awareness of the plastic bag problem.

In the Hopper

First Responders Day
Belmont Park, Elmont
7/8 @ 1PM
Ask your immediate supervisor about free tickets
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Columbia Association Cultural Day
MCU Park, Coney Island
7/9 @ 4PM
Cyclones vs. Staten Island Yankees
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Brooklyn Cyclones
MCU Park, Coney Island
7/23 @ 4PM
Cyclones vs. Aberdeen Ironbirds
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DSNY Night Subway Series
Yankee Stadium
8/15 @ 7PM
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The Social Scene

From the Commissioner

Kathryn Garcia

I’m elated to share our latest success: Thanks to your hard work, we achieved a citywide average scorecard rating of 95.9% in Fiscal Year 2017. That’s the highest score since in 42 years – since the City began its scorecard inspection program in 1975. Street cleaning is one of our most challenging tasks. It demands our commitment 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year – with 8.6 million residents and nearly 60 million tourists each year counting on us to perform.

In the last three years, we’ve taken great steps to improve our cleaning services for New Yorkers. We now clean on and off-ramps along 17 highways in all five boroughs at least once a month. We have restored Sunday and holiday litter basket collection along the City’s growing commercial corridors. We have expanded training for supervisors and superintendents to deploy cleaning tools targeted to each neighborhood. I am confident that we are well on our way to meeting our goal of making New York the cleanest large city in the nation.

But we cannot rest on our laurels. As New York’s neighborhoods continue to grow and change, we will confront new challenges – and ever higher expectations. I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished, and I am thrilled to continue our work to keep New York City healthy, safe, and clean.

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