Residents of New York City will be allowed to place their trash at the curb two hours later beginning on April 1. This, the city argues, will drastically reduce the hours rubbish is left on the street, leading to fewer rats.
Garbage, recycling, and organics can be placed at the curb for collection as early as 4 p.m. the day before your regular pickup in any major American city.
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Due to the early departure time, trash cans will sit at the curb until the evening rush hour and beyond before being collected.
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New citywide set-out times will go into effect on April 1st, and they are as follows:
- Trash cans with tight-fitting lids can be placed at the curb beginning at 6 p.m. the night before collection.
- To begin placing trash bags at the curb by 8 p.m. the night before collection, only garbage that can be easily disposed of will be collected.
- As early as 6 p.m. the night before, cardboard can be packed and placed at the curb without fear of attracting rats.
Owners of Single-Family Homes
The trash from apartment buildings with nine or more units can be placed at the curb beginning at 8 p.m. the night before collection.
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During the opt-in phase in January, building owners in New York City had the opportunity to select a set-out window between 4 p.m. and 7 a.m.
A DSNY representative told me that the annual opt-in period will be in January.
For Commercial Spaces
For companies who aren’t DSNY customers, here are some alternatives:
- After 8 o’clock at night, place trash in bags and throw them at the curb;
- Garbage must be removed in a locked container one hour prior to closing;
- Bunched-up cardboard can be set out with the container or bags.