Mayor Continues Fight to Push Trash Set-out Time back from 4pm to 8pm
By Yehudit Garmaise
Starting April 1, 2023, 8pm will be the earliest time NYC residents and business owners can set out their black garbage bags at the city’s curbs, announced Mayor Eric Adams, who now has the backing of the building service workers union: 32BJ SEIU.
While NYC residents likely will rejoice at the city’s efforts to reduce rats, 32BJ SEIU members opposed the proposal because it meant that they would have to take on shifts that start at 8pm and go late into the night.
After what 32BJ WEIU president Kyle Bragg called, “productive discussions” with Mayor Adams, DSNY Commissioner Jessica Tisch, Deputy Mayor for Operations announced early morning set-out times between 4 and 7am for owners of buildings with nine or more units.
Bragg said that the DSNY’s new plan “will address the rodent and trash problem and ensure that our building service workers can do their jobs effectively without upending their lives.”
“We are drastically reducing the amount of time that garbage will remain on our curb,” said Mayor Adams, who is continuing to push the proposed rule that will apply to recyclables and compost, as well.
“We’re shifting the time where people can set out black bags and trash from 4 pm to 8 pm,” the mayor said. “That’s four hours fewer than previously.
“It made no sense that these garbage bags have remained on the street 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.”
Residents who want to put out their trash earlier than 8pm can do so, as long as they put their black bags in trash containers that have lids that close.
Every day, New Yorkers toss 10,000 tons of garbage, according to nyc.gov, which suggested that, “the best way to keep garbage from landfills is by limiting the materials you use.”
When millions of black bags sit on the city streets daily for 14 hours, the city’s vermin are treated to an “all-you-can-eat-buffet,” Mayor Adams previously said.
In a public comment period that the city’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) opened on Monday, residents can voice their opinions about garbage set-out times until Nov. 10.
While the DSNY will hold its first public hearing at 9:30am on Thursday, the sanitation department will not make a final ruling about when residents and business owners can put of the garbage until the end of the year.