New York City is not only involved in a war on rats, but also in a war on trash, and in the city’s latest efforts to get trash off the streets the NYC Department of Sanitation has not only unveiled a new side-loading garbage truck, but unveiled it four years ahead of schedule.
NYC Mayor Eric Adams outlined a new strategy for determining the type and size of trash containers buildings will be required to use. Under this model, buildings with 31 or more residential units will be required to use stationary, on-street containers for their trash.
DSNY’s 2023 “Future of Trash” report found that the new automated side-loading garbage trucks are necessary to service those trash containers. Moreover, the truck also allows for substantially faster collection than manual pick-up.
Buildings with 10 to 30 units will be able to choose between stationery on-street containers and smaller wheelie bins, while buildings with one to nine residential units will be required to put their trash in individual wheelie bins starting this fall. The first-ever official NYC Bins will be required by all residential units with one to nine units in the summer of 2026.
With both the new garbage trucks and the city’s containerization model, NYC Mayor Eric Adams also announced that, by next year, Manhattan Community Board 9 will be the first district with 100% of its trash containerized.
In the meantime, all NYC businesses must containerize their trash beginning this March.
DSNY Commissioner Tisch stated:
New Yorkers have been clear: they’ve had enough of the black bags occupying our sidewalks, enough of the oozing garbage juice, and enough of being told that other global cities can have something that we can’t. This administration rejects the cynicism that says things can’t change, and the speed at which we’ve moved to change the relationship between 8.3 million New Yorkers and 44 million daily pounds of trash cannot be overstated.
Next steps involve the new side-loading garbage truck prototype undergoing substantial testing and training. Installation will begin across the entirety of Manhattan Community Board 9 in the spring of 2025.