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Changes to Waste Set-Out Times Went Into Effect April 1

SoHo Broadway Partner: New rules from the Depatement of Sanitation are intended to reduce the time that trash, recycling, and curbside composting will sit on sidewalks

As part of NYC’s commitment to keeping the streets clean, the NYC Department of Sanitation is implementing a new rules regarding trash and recycling set-out, which went into effect April 1, 2023.

Previously trash, recycling, and organics may have been placed on the curb after 4:00 p.m. the night before collection (the earliest of any major American city) meaning that in many neighborhoods these items could sit out for more than 14 hours, including during the evening pedestrian rush-hour. These new rules will decrease the amount of time waste is left on the curb, diminishing the eyesore of black bags, reducing trash for rats, and improving cleanliness — and ultimately boosting the city’s recovery.

These rules apply to recycling and curbside composting as well as regular refuse. Read below for more details and ensure your building or business complies:


Residential buildings have two options:

* To ensure collection, all waste must be set out by midnight.


Businesses that place waste at the curb* for collection have two options:

* This does not apply to businesses that have waste collected from a loading dock.

** Remember, containers must be removed from the curb by the time your business reopens.

In addition to these new proposed rules, DSNY is doing more of its collection on the midnight shift than pre-pandemic, further reducing the amount of time trash sits on the street. Overnight collection now accounts for approximately one quarter of all collection operations — roughly 5 million pounds per night.

The full text of the new rules may be read here and an informational flyer for businesses can be found here.

Have questions for DSNY? Join the SoHo Broadway Community Rountable on April 20 at 8:30 a.m.!

Join the SoHo Broadway Initiative for our next Roundtable on April 20th, 2023 via Zoom from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. We are pleased to be joined by personnel from the New York City Department of Sanitation. Bring your questions about new waste set-out rules, composting, the status of Commercial Waste Zones implementation, the Clean Curbs program, enforcement, or anything else sanitation-related! Mark your calendar and RSVP to participate!

Save the Date and RSVP:
SoHo Broadway Community Roundtable
Thursday, April 20th, 2023 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
via Zoom

Register here to participate

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