4/8 Event: Department of Sanitation Safe Disposal

Dear Friends,

The NYC Department of Sanitation is holding a SAFE Disposal event in Brooklyn on Sunday, April 8.

We host SAFE Disposal Events (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) throughout the year in all five boroughs to give residents a location to drop off their harmful household products safely.  More information can be found online at on.nyc.gov/safeevents.

Date:                   Sunday, April 8
Time:                  10am – 4pm (rain or shine)

Location:            Prospect Park, Park Circle
Corner of Parkside Ave & Prospect Park SW

                                Cars enter along Parkside Ave from Ocean Ave & Lincoln Rd

Walk-in area available for residents taking public transportation

Accepted Items

  • Automotive products (motor oil, transmission fluid, auto batteries)
  • Personal care items (unwanted medicines, cosmetics)
  • Thermometers
  • Syringes (clearly labeled and packaged in a “sharps” container or other leak proof, puncture-resistant container)
  • Household products (pesticides, paint, hazardous cleaners, CFL compact fluorescent light bulbs)
  • Electronics (TVs, computers, printers, mobile phones, tablets, VCR & DVD etc.)

How To Package Items

Look for items with DANGER, POISON, or CAUTION labels. Read labels carefully for safe handling. Ensure that all the products are labeled clearly. Tightly seal containers. Don’t mix products or bring open containers. If an item is leaking, pack in a larger container and use an absorbent material, such as kitty litter or newspaper, to soak up excess fluid. Place containers upright in a sturdy box to transport them.

More information, including additional dates and locations: http://on.nyc.gov/safeevents.

NYC Sanitation Begins Winter Schedule

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.

Fall Leaf Collection

Certain neighborhoods (PDF) should set out fall leaves for collection on specific Saturdays in November and December; see the schedule below.

Residents in these areas should set out their leaves either in a paper lawn & leaf bag, or in an open, unlined container. DSNY turns the leaves into compost, a natural soil amendment.

2017 Fall Leaf Collection Schedule

These neighborhoods will receive leaf collection:

  • Bronx (Community Boards # 7 & 9)
  • Brooklyn (Community Boards # 5, 9, 14, 17, 18)
  • Staten Island (all Community Boards #1*, 2, 3)
  • Setout after 4pm:
    • •   Saturday, November 11, 2017
    • •   Saturday, November 25, 2017
  • Queens (Community Boards #1, 3, 4, 6, 12, 13)
  • Setout after 4pm:
    • •   Saturday, November 18
    • •   Saturday, December 2
  • *Neighborhoods that receive NYC organics collection set out leaves along with their other organics.
  • Download the Instructions and Maps

DSNY Announcement: New Food Scraps and Yard Waste Collection Service Available

With the rollout of curbside service this year to Brooklyn Community Board 2, the northwestern section of City Council District 35 now has organics collection.

Organics collection is critical to New York’s effort to increase recycling and decrease landfilling of vital resources. The goal is to provide all New Yorkers with access to curbside organics recycling collection services by the end of 2018. Organics comprise 31% of the residential waste stream – waste that could be recycled locally for beneficial use as compost and clean energy. For New York to be truly sustainable, we must take actions such as this to reduce our collective environmental footprint.

Download the Organics Curbside Collection Brochure 2017!

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11/6 deadline: Love Your Block Grant

2018 Love Your Block FlyerDo you Love Your Block?  Show it! Citizens Committee for New York City and the NYC Service invites your neighborhood group to apply for a Love Your Block Grant.  Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded for block beautification projects that utilize City services from the NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation, NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection,  NYC Dept. of Transportation, and the Dept. of Sanitation of NYC. The grant deadline is November 6, 2017 and the online application link and .doc formatted form can be downloaded at http://www.citizensnyc.org/grants/love-your-block-grant.

For more information, please contact Shawn at swhitehorn@citizensnyc.org or 212-822-9563

11/13 Event: Brooklyn Community Board 8 Alternate Side Parking Public Hearing