New Yorkers can leave their trash out today after Mayor Eric Adams announced a pilot initiative where volunteers will pick up trash on Labor Day this year.
The Department of Sanitation announced last week its plan to provide the holiday service thanks to hundreds of workers who volunteered to clear the sidewalks of the five boroughs. An estimated 1,600 workers are expected to be on the streets Monday.
The sanitation department is testing out its new initiative aimed at keeping the streets clean while minimizing additional expenses on behalf of the taxpayer. DSNY officials say crews work overtime after holidays to catch up for the missed pickup day. “On holiday weekends, we normally don’t provide service on Mondays, so we spend a lot of overtime on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays getting all the Monday trash off the street,” DSNY Commissioner Jessica Tisch said.
If all goes well with the pilot, the commissioner said the city could see more Monday holiday trash pickups, hence avoiding trash pile-ups on the streets of the Big Apple.
The nearly 700 garbage trucks expected to be in service on Monday are part of the city’s ongoing effort to address trash concerns. “This is a pilot and the idea came about after 4th of July weekend when I think most New Yorkers agree the city was unacceptably dirty,” the commissioner added.