Department of Sanitation

The DSNY is now taking on highway cleanup, adding to its new roles with street vendor enforcement and graffiti cleanup.
Mayor Eric Adams pulls out of a de Blasio-era overhaul that sought to give immigrant street sellers a fighting chance to make a legit living without police involvement.
New Yorkers can dump food scraps and other organic material, and even plastic bags, into new bins popping up around the city.
A DSNY facility in Gravesend, Brooklyn that stored damaged batteries reached capacity last year, leading the city to issue an emergency procurement to remove them.
The mayor’s most recent management report showed the number of streets rated ‘filthy’ is up — but the sanitation department argues it’s due to the methodology used.
Concerns about breaking good habits and overflowing landfills are clouding otherwise sunny outcomes for popular program that’s gone on a winter break after just starting last fall.
On July 31, the Sanitation Department will begin issuing fines between $250 and $1,000 for establishments that don’t separate and process their organic waste, officials say.
Under a legislative proposal due for introduction next week, all New Yorkers would be required to separate their food scraps and set it on their curbs for pickup. The city’s Independent Budget Office estimates a citywide composting program could save $33 million annually — after five years.
Outsider trash has long been a problem in neighborhoods like Hollis, Jamaica and St. Albans. In lieu of help from officials, many community members are taking matters into their own hands.
Dozens of desperate New Yorkers every year don gloves, boots and protective suits to dive through mountains of trash for prized possessions. Sometimes they even find them.
An East 99th Street sanitation garage has been falling down for over 30 years. City Hall promised to find a permanent replacement as the East Harlem rezoning got the green light in 2017. That goal is still far off, locals say.
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A fish tank filled with water, but no fish. A shopping cart. An abandoned green bus. That’s some of the junk recently dumped in Brooklyn. Now the Department of Sanitation is using video and hefty fines to target those turning streets into trash heaps.
A Sanitation garage in Brooklyn and Flushing Meadows Corona Park locker room are among recent virus breakout sites. Union officials are calling for shots for thousands more municipal employees: “We can’t work from home.”
Bill de Blasio’s go-to troubleshooter on everything from lead paint to hunger now seeks his job. But with no electoral-politics experience and fundraising lagging, the bureaucrat faces her biggest challenge yet.
Sanitation officials say they’re keeping pace with mounting waste produced by households in Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island and upper Manhattan despite staff cuts.
A change in how the de Blasio administration’s food program asks elderly New Yorkers to sign-up for home-delivered meals during the pandemic seems to be leaving some off the recipient list.
Reductions to the Sanitation Department’s role in rat mitigation could mean a blow to New York City’s humans — and a big win for its vermin.
Manhattan saw 20% less trash collected in April 2020 over the same time a year earlier, part of a citywide shrinkage as coronavirus upends lives.
Manhattan saw 20% less trash collected in April 2020 over the same time a year earlier, part of a citywide shrinkage as coronavirus slams us.