City suspends composting program for one year
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In the face of economic hardship and to ensure the city can continue to devote resources to essential safety, health, shelter, and food security needs, the Department of Sanitation announced the suspension of the curbside composting program beginning May 4.

During the suspension, any food scraps and yard waste set out for composting will be collected as trash. The suspension is currently planned through June 30, 2021.

Residents with brown bins should store their bins in a safe location for the duration of the suspension.

DSNY also announced the indefinite suspension of appointments for curbside electronics collection, which had been halted due to the COVID-19 crisis.

There are no changes to the Department’s other curbside collection programs, including trash and mandatory recycling. Residents should follow their normal schedule and place their material at the curb after 4 p.m. but before midnight the evening before their collection day.

“These are painful cuts to make, and we do not take these changes lightly,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “The city is facing an unprecedented crisis, and these service reductions will allow the City to maintain emergency services and its core municipal services.”

This is a temporary suspension, and residents should keep their bins for when service resumes. Brown compost bins belong to the address where they were originally delivered. DSNY will not collect brown bins. After your last collection, use soap and water to clean your bin and place it in storage for when the program resumes. Do not leave your bins on the curb.

Food Scrap Drop-off Sites have been temporarily closed due to social distancing mandates. The Department will determine the feasibility of reopening certain sites at a later date.

Residents are encouraged to make compost on their own if they have the space to do so. Learn how to compost at home at nyc.gov/recyclingmaterials and click through to “Food Scraps+Yard Waste.”

New York State law prohibits the disposal of certain e-waste items, like computers, printers and televisions, with your trash and recycling.

DSNY announced a temporary suspension of curbside electronics collection last month. This suspension has been extended indefinitely.

Residents looking to get rid of e-waste will be able to find other opportunities as conditions allow at nyc.gov/electronics.

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