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New garbage disposal rules to come into effect this weekend in New York


Nadezhda Verbitskaya

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Times are changing, so are the rules. Now New Yorkers will put garbage bags on the street in a different way, reports NBC New York.

In mid-October 2022, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced a new plan for the city's garbage collection. It reduces the amount of time that trash can stay on the streets. The goal is to reduce the population of rats throughout the metropolis.

The changes come into effect on April 1

Previously, residents of residential buildings could take out the garbage on the sidewalk from 16:00, and the garbage truck picked it up the next morning. Under the new rules, this time will change.

New rules apply to residential buildings of any size (single-family or multi-family):

  • if the garbage is in a safe container with a lid, it is allowed to take it out from 18:00 on the evening before collection;
  • if the garbage is in garbage bags, it can be placed on the curb from 20:00.

The main thing is that the garbage should be put out by midnight. If you leave later, then there is a risk that the garbage truck has already passed and the garbage will not be picked up.

Commercial institutions can choose one of the following options:

  • garbage is taken out after 20:00 if it is placed on the curb in bags;
  • if the garbage is in a safe container with a lid, it can be put outside an hour before the closing of the enterprise.

During April, a grace period will be in effect: for violations of the new garbage disposal regime, they will not be fined, but will be sent warning letters. The people and establishments that receive these alerts will be the first to be screened when the grace period ends on May 1. And after that, fines will be applied for non-compliance with the rules.

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Adams called the city's current garbage collection policy since 1969 outdated: "It makes no sense that these garbage bags are left on the streets for such a long period of time."

Health Department data shows that the number of rats in the city has doubled in 2022.

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