Mayor Adams and DSNY Commissioner Tisch Celebrate Major New Investments in Cleanliness


June 27, 2022

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner Jessica Tisch and elected officials gathered today in the South Bronx – an area beset by the twin plagues of illegal landfills and persistent large-scale litter – and asserted that the city will not allow its neighborhoods and the New Yorkers who live there to accept unsanitary and unsightly conditions as normal. Mayor Adams celebrated investments in cleanliness in fiscal year 2023 (FY23) passed a budget at a level not seen in decades, saying that all New Yorkers have the right to a clean street and that the realization of this right is essential to the recovery of New York City.

“New Yorkers tell it like it is, and everywhere I’ve been for the past two years they’ve told me the streets don’t look the way they should,” said Mayor Adams. “We heard the complaints loud and clear; we need to remove litter from our streets and throw litter on the sidewalk, and today we throw those conditions in the trash. Sanitation workers want and deserve the tools to clean up this city and revitalize the city they love, and the tens of millions of dollars invested in this budget will allow them to “do things” for our neighborhoods. »

“This is a historic investment for DSNY and a huge win for New Yorkers who deserve clean streets and public spaces,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi. “We urge New Yorkers to do their part to keep our streets clean and help DSNY do its job: put your trash in wastebaskets, call 311 when spaces need extra cleaning, and move your car to enable street cleaning. Together we can bring about a cleaner and more pleasant city.

“The sanitation department has three main functions – curbside collection, snow removal and cleaning,” said DSNY Commissioner Tisch. “At the start of the pandemic, however, the budget for cleaning programs was decimated, and anyone who walked outside could see the difference immediately. Overflowing garbage baskets, dirty streets and grounds, piles of illegally dumped materials; it’s not New York. That’s not how it’s supposed to be. And with this budget, New Yorkers will see a significant difference. »

The FY23 Enacted Budget, passed by City Council on June 14, includes significant new funding for cleanliness initiatives at DSNY. These include:

  • $22 million in new funding for the trash can service, with trash cans expected to be emptied about 50,000 more times a week across the city. That means more service than ever, fewer overflowing baskets and less litter on the sidewalk.
  • $7.5 million for Precision Cleanup Initiatives – targeted work that addresses conditions such as illegal dumping and persistent waste. Anyone who knows of an area in need of precision cleaning is encouraged to call 311; this funding means appeals can get results faster than ever.
  • $4.5 million for vacant lot cleanup – enabling a return to pre-pandemic staffing levels at the DSNY Lot Cleanup Unit. This funding will prevent vacant land across the city — much of it located in traditionally underserved neighborhoods — from turning into de facto dumping grounds and make the city’s recovery more equitable.

In addition to these efforts, DSNY is engaging in the following new initiatives previously announced under the leadership of Mayor Adams:

  • July 5th marks the return of pre-pandemic thorough street sweeping, as New Yorkers once again move their cars to allow the mechanical broom – the most powerful tool in the street-cleaning arsenal – to do its job. .
  • A pilot project in five boroughs on containerizing trash, disposing of trash bags on sidewalks, and testing what works to improve aesthetics and reduce opportunities for pest feeding.
  • New equipment and personnel to sweep the protected cycle paths at least once a week.

DSNY is also embarking on a major increase in enforcement, particularly against illegal dumping – a theft of public space by private entities that results in a $4,000 fine for the first offense and during which vehicles offenders are seized. All residents have a role to play in keeping New York City clean, either by reducing their waste, calling 311 to report conditions requiring service, or simply following the law.

New York’s strongest are essential heroes who keep New York City clean, healthy and safe – and recruitment is now open for the Sanitation Worker Civil Service exam. Any New Yorker excited to work on these new cleanliness initiatives can register before June 30 at



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