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Department of Sanitation and Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue
DSNY Collection Trucks and Mechanical Brooms Will Feature Blue Autism Support Posters During Autism Awareness Month

Thursday, April 2, 2015 | Vito A. Turso / Belinda Mager

Press Release # 15-40, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, the New York City Department of Sanitation and Autism Speaks have joined forces to place autism awareness posters on the Department’s collection trucks and mechanical brooms.

The posters will appear on some 2,500 Department trucks and brooms throughout April, Autism Awareness Month.

“I am proud to see that many of the Department’s employees support advocacy groups, such as Autism Speaks,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “Our trucks and brooms are in every neighborhood and on every street in the city, and I am happy that we can show our support in such a visible way.”

Last year, Department fundraising brought more than $40,000 for Autism Speaks.

“The NYC Department of Sanitation has supported families with autism in New York City for years,” said Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks. “By putting our puzzle-piece logo on almost 2,500 trucks that will roll through all five boroughs, the DSNY is leading our awareness efforts in a big way. We are so grateful for their commitment to our mission.”

About the New York City Department of Sanitation

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) promotes a healthy environment through the efficient management of solid waste and the development of environmentally sound long-range planning for handling refuse, including recyclables. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of 2,022 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 365 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,000 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.