Department of Sanitation

Here’s How to Get Paid Shoveling Snow for the City

Last modified February 2, 2021 at 9:38 pm

The city was blanketed with nearly two feet of snow over the last thirty-six hours. It’s a mess out there, and it’s times like these the city needs labor for shoveling. Pay is $15 per hour and jumps to $22.50 per hour after working 40 hours a week. There are rules. Workers must be at […]

LES Ecology Center Composting Returns

Posted July 20, 2020 at 5:03 am

Despite the lockdown, the LES Ecology Center remains the only community connection for composting in Manhattan (south of 100th Street). Over 150 drop off locations have suspended operations in the wake of COVID-19, but the East River Park Compost Yard and E 7th St Community Garden are now accepting food scrap drop-offs during the pandemic. […]


The Reason You Don’t See Trash Cans on the Lower East Side

Posted June 5, 2020 at 5:02 am

You may have noticed the lack of trash cans on street corners around the Lower East Side this week. Vanished seemingly overnight. As a precaution this week, the city quietly removed receptacles from neighborhoods overwhelmingly hit by unrest and looting following the killing of George Floyd. It’s estimated that roughly 2,000 were temporarily towed citywide, […]

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City Sanitation Trucks Seize Pier 42 Space for Parking

Posted July 11, 2019 at 5:11 am

The perennially delayed Pier 42 public park has taken on a different function in the offseason. It’s returned to the previous purpose as parking lot. Several readers living on the waterfront point out that the Department of Sanitation, which maintains a hub just down the coast, has now taken to parking its trucks in the […]

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Sanitation Snow Plow Rams Hotel Construction Site on Broome Street

Posted March 2, 2015 at 8:42 am

Earlier this morning, a Department of Sanitation snow plow rammed into the hotel construction site at the southeast corner of Broome and Allen Streets. It appears the vehicle – cleaning the area – cut the turn too sharply and bowled into the sidewalk bridge, which is now unstable. First responders are on the scene to […]

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Nearly 2 Feet of Snow is Coming, One Sanitation Worker Prepares

Last modified May 8, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Everyone is getting ready for the imminent snowstorm this week, which could dump nearly two feet of snow on New York City. Whole Foods is notoriously elbow-to-elbow busy with doomsday shoppers. Down at the Department of Sanitation silo of salt, preparations are underway to ensure supply is ample. Caught this lone bulldozer sitting atop an enormous […]

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MulchFest is Back, So Start Hauling Out Those Christmas Trees

Posted January 5, 2015 at 10:02 am

Nothing is a bigger pain in the ass than figuring out how to get rid of your deader-than-dead Fraser Fir after the holidays. But as a result of last year’s MulchFest success, the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, the NYC Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC are giving New Yorkers an easy out again this year for disposing of their Christmas trees – […]


Department of Sanitation Unveils ‘Safe Disposal’ Center for Harmful Household Waste

Posted December 12, 2014 at 5:39 am

The Department of Sanitation foothold on Pike Slip at the base of the Manhattan Bridge recently experienced a makeover. This, of course, is a base of operations where the city agency maintains a salt silo for battling winter storms. However, as of last month, there is now a more resident-facing function onsite. A new “Household Special […]

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19th Century Lower East Side Sanitation and the Rivington Street Dump [HISTORY]

Posted March 13, 2014 at 11:30 am

Our rebellious Rivington has even more crazy history! Didja know its eastern terminus was once a dump? Yep. Back in the 19th century, there was a pier right where Rivington Street met the river (like many roads in lower Manhattan that terminated east and west), and that pier’s name was “60.” It was here that a combination […]

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Department of Sanitation Now Seizing Carts of Cans and Bottles?

Posted November 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

The sight is as common on the streets of Chinatown as loogie-hocking pedestrians. Older Chinese women rummaging through garbage bags to snatch cans and bottles for a payday. Many of the collectors work at night, and often bring along their children. It’s a hyper-competitive climate that can get ugly.  We once witnessed two ladies battling […]