After a barrage of complaints regarding a pile-up of garbage on NYC’s streets that lead to rat infestations, Mayor Eric Adams on Monday announced an all-new plan for garbage pick-ups in the city.
Right now, NYC residents are able to put out trash for pickup the next morning starting at 4 p.m. But this start time will be pushed back to 8 p.m., according to the new plan. If you have a garbage container with a lid, you can put it out at 6 p.m.
Under the new city rules, which will go into effect on April 1, 2023, residential buildings will have three options: the first will be to place trash out after 6 p.m. in a container with a secure lid, the second will be to place trash out after 8 p.m. if putting bags directly on the curb, or if a building has nine or more residential units, the property owner may opt-in to a 4 a.m. – 7 a.m. window instead. The opt-in period will run for the month of January each year, allowing DSNY to design efficient routes that will take effect on April 1.
Talking about the irrationality of the current plan that has been in motion since 1969, Adams said, “It makes no sense that these garbage bags remain on the streets for such a long period of time. They have become ‘open season’ for rodents going into these bags, creating a real health problem in our city. Fighting rats is something that we are focused on as we continue to make this city a livable city. Rats have no place in this city and we are going to use every method that’s needed to [eliminate them] so they are not harming families and our quality of life.”
Over the summer, New York City Council members presented a five-point “rat action plan” to solve the issue, which includes rat-proof trash bins. It’s expected to pass sometime in October.