Trash containers, including garbage dumpsters, may only be placed on the sidewalk at specific times.
Residential properties may place trash containers out starting at 4 PM the evening before the collection day.
Commercial properties may place trash containers out for collection 1 hour before an establishment closes if the private carter picks up after closing, or within 2 hours of the actual collection if the private carter picks up during the day.
You can report items left in the street by residents and businesses.
Such items include:
- Trash bins
Sidewalk areas must also be free of objects that could impede pedestrian traffic. Such objects include:
- Coin-operated rides
- Sandwich or A-frame signs
- Large sidewalks displays
Complaints are also accepted for garbage cans or bins chronically blocking the sidewalk. For garbage blocking the sidewalk, you must have the days of occurrence.
Report a blocked sidewalk or street.
What Happens Next
The Department of Sanitation responds to this type of report in 3 to 7 business days.
Sandwich Or A-Frame Signs
Sandwich and A-frame signs must be positioned within the 3-foot area adjoining the building.
Zero Sidewalk Display Streets
Certain locations are designated "zero sidewalk display" streets, meaning stores cannot display items on the sidewalk.
Businesses can find out by phone if they can put items on a sidewalk.
Call 311 for assistance by phone.