New Yorkers will soon have to put out their trash much later in the day as the city looks to address its growing rat problem.
As part of the Adams administration’s ongoing commitment to cleaning up New York City’s streets and strengthening the city’s economic recovery, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) today announced the final publication of new rules to limit the number of hours trash, recycling, and organics will sit on New York City sidewalks by adjusting the time of day those materials may be placed on the curb. This makes good on a commitment made in mid-October, and comes after a 30-day public comment period and public hearing.
Currently, trash, recycling, and organics may be placed on the curb after 4:00 PM 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, which go into effect April 1, 2023, 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.
Starting April 1, 2023, garbage can be taken out after 6 p.m. and must be in a secure container. Currently, garbage can be left out after 4 p.m.
Bundled cardboard can be left next to the secure containers, and garbage bags can be left directly on the curb only after 8 p.m.
Buildings with nine or more residential units can opt to put the garbage out between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
This announcement also includes new clarified rules for commercial establishments, which do not receive service from DSNY but rather from private waste haulers. Businesses may choose from one of the following options:
Place waste out after 8:00 PM if putting bags directly on the curb or
Place waste out one hour before closing in a secure container. Bundled cardboard may go next to the container.
The fine for a first violation will be $50 and it will escalate to $100 after that.
“Bags of trash sitting on the curb for hours have hurt our city’s recovery for too long and is one of the most indelible images of New York,” said Mayor Eric Adams, when he announced his plans to adjust the times at a press conference last year. “By drastically reducing the amount of time that black bags can sit on our curb, we’re not just catching up with other cities but surpassing them and leading the nation again.”