New York’s Your Disposal!
August 2017
Hero Image/Hero Headline
Make Food, Not Waste

For the first time ever, the Foundation for New York’s Strongest held its NYC Food Waste Fair, bringing together local businesses and food waste experts – and taking NYC closer to zero waste. More than 1,100 attendees and more than 80 exhibitors shared best practices to prevent, recover and recycle food. Learn more.


Recycling rules for commercial establishments are now being enforced. In effect since August 2016, all businesses served by private carting companies must recycle all beverage containers, plus paper, plastic, metal and glass. Some businesses may also be required to recycle textiles, plant waste or organics. Learn more.

Take Care!

Prevent Skin Cancer

The sun is the primary cause of skin cancer – and people who work outside are at high risk. Protect yourself by:

  • Using sunscreen daily with a minimum of 15 SPF, even on cloudy days;
  • Covering up with clothing, including hats and UV-blocking sunglasses;
  • Examining your skin from head-to-toe monthly; and
  • Having a doctor examine your skin each year.

For more information, call the Health Care Facility at 1-212-437-4457 or click here.

Hero Image/Hero Headline
In Case You Missed It


Help the New York City Rescue Mission this month!

  • By August 8th, purchase raffle tickets at 125 Worth Street, room 809, to win prizes like food baskets and Whole Foods gift certificates!
  • Join the Swap Sale on August 9th at 125 Worth Street, room 810. Bring clean, reusable items like clothing and books.
photo Community Affairs hosted a Touch-a-Truck at the Brownsville Medical Center Summerfest in Brooklyn — a proud participant in our curbside organics collection!
photo Community Affairs also attended the Health and Wellness Fair at The Prince George in Manhattan. The organization services the homeless, seniors, veterans and low-income individuals.
In the Hopper

photo DSNY Night Subway Series

Yankees? Mets? Who’s your favorite? Root for YOUR team on Tuesday, August 15th @ Yankee Stadium at 7:05 PM for this year’s Subway Series. The Yankees are extending a special DSNY ticket discount for the game. See flyer for details.

Hero Image/Hero Headline
The Social Scene

From the Commissioner

Kathryn Garcia

As the largest city in the United States with the largest organics curbside collection program, it’s fitting that we’re positioning the NYC Department of Sanitation as a thought leader in environmentalism and waste management.

Last week, DSNY’s nonprofit organization – The Foundation for New York’s Strongest – tried something new for a government sanitation department: hosting a conference bringing together virtually every corner of the food industry. The NYC Food Waste Fair was an astounding success, with more than 1,100 people browsing exhibitor booths, meeting with City agencies that regulate food, joining break-out lectures on specialized topics, attending a thought-provoking panel discussion and watching live food demonstrations on how to get the most out of food. Office managers connected with vendors, restaurateurs discovered products and entrepreneurs found new audiences. This – and last year’s Fashion Week event – are examples of how we’re using new strategies to change New Yorkers’ habits. Have a unique or fun idea on how to spread our sustainability message? Share it with Trash Talk.

Plus, this week marks a major milestone in recycling. We’re now enforcing the business recycling rules that went into effect last year – requirements for establishments that are served by private carters. These new requirements are key to helping businesses in New York City reduce the waste they produce, while demonstrating that DSNY is truly evolving into an environmental organization.

Thank you for all that you do in keeping New York City healthy, safe, clean and sustainable.

Having trouble viewing this email? View the web version.
f t in in g+


New York City Department of Sanitation
125 Worth Street, New York, New York 10013

© 2017. All Rights Reserved.