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 go into effect April 1, 2023.
Currently, trash, recycling, and organics may be 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 can 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 starting April 1:
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.