Known as “Night Plow,” Schedule Change Allows for Snow Fighting Preparedness; Normal Trash and Recycling Collection Times May Temporarily Change
The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) began its annual “Night Plow” operations, on November 13. Night Plow enables the Department to respond promptly and effectively to snow and ice conditions around the clock. During Night Plow, a resident’s normal trash and recycling collection times may change temporarily.
The seasonal schedule assures that DSNY will have a sufficient number of employees assigned to work the night and early morning shifts and to operate essential snow fighting equipment in each of the city’s 59 Sanitation Districts. The two shifts are 4:00 p.m. to Midnight, and Midnight to 8:00 a.m. The day shift starts at 6:00 a.m. DSNY’s snow season lasts through mid-April.
DSNY has a frontline defense of 693 salt and sand spreaders that are dispatched prior to the start of the impending snowfall to salt arterial highways and bus routes. DSNY has a storage capacity for more than 300,000 tons of rock salt and 350,000 gallons of calcium chloride solution at facilities throughout the city. Once snow begins to accumulate on the City’s streets and highways, DSNY can deploy 2,300 plowable trucks to clear snow and ice. The Department is responsible for more than 19,000 lane miles of roadway in the City.
Read “Snow 101” for FAQs on DSNY snow operations.