The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has announced a plan to containerize all residential trash beginning fall 2024. The goal is to remove black trash bags from the City’s streets, reclaim public spaces, and improve quality of life for all New Yorkers.

Beginning Fall 2024, residential buildings with 1-9 units will be required to set out all trash in bins with secure lids at the curb for collection.

Beginning Summer 2026, property owners of buildings with 1-9 units will be required to purchase an official NYC Bin to set out trash at the curb.

Official NYC Bins will not be available until fall 2024. The City will contract a vendor to produce official NYC Bins.

DSNY requires the contracted vendor to produce bins according to specifications including, but not limited to:

  • Cost no more than $50 for the most common size (the competitive vendor selection process may bring the price down even further).
  • Available in multiple sizes to accommodate different types of buildings.
  • Rat resistant, easy to use by sanitation workers, and compatible with mechanized collection trucks.

DSNY is also working on a plan to containerize trash in residential buildings of 10 or more units. 

Learn more about the residential trash containerization pilot program.

DSNY is currently running a residential trash containerization pilot program in Hamilton Heights to get trash off the street and into bins.

This program provides shared curbside bins for residents to dispose their trash. Trash is collected six days a week. Bins are monitored and cleaned on a regular basis. 

Pilot Area and Timeline

Currently, the pilot area is only on 12 blocks in Hamilton Heights. The exact area includes 142 Street to 144 Street and 146 Street to 153 Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue (including Hamilton Place).

As of August 14, 2023 trash collection on these 12 blocks in the pilot area increased to six days a week (Monday through Saturday).

On September 11, 2023, DSNY installed shared bins in the pilot area, except on 142 Street.

Using the Bins

Residents should place their bagged trash into the bins daily as needed, and make sure the lid closes. These shared bins are for residential trash only, not recycling.

Recycling Service

There is no change to recycling service in the pilot area. Recycling will still be collected on Fridays. Residents must still set out recycling on the curb Thursdays after 8 PM if using bags or after 6 PM if using an individual bin with a secure lid.

Large Items

Items that are too big to fit in the bin should be placed in front of the building for collection.

Learn more about the residential trash containerization pilot program.

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