Their mission is to keep the largest city in the USA healthy,
safe and clean. Together with Mack Trucks, the New York
City Department of Sanitation is leading the way when it
comes to new technologies and sustainable solutions.
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DSNY is the world’s largest sanitation department, collecting 12,000-13,000 tons of garbage and recyclables every day.
SIX DAYS A week year-round,
thousands of sanitation workers
hit the streets of New York’s 59
different districts. Together, they
collect a daily average of 10,000–
11,000 tons of waste and 2,000 tons
of recyclable material like glass,
paper, metal and organics.
For a city with more than 8.5 million
inhabitants, waste is a big challenge – and the
ambitions are high. New York City has set itself a
target of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030.
The New York City Department of Sanitation
(DSNY) plays an important role in helping
New Yorkers to reuse and recycle. Thanks to
initiatives like the NYC Organics programme,
more and more materials are sent for recycling.
“This is a high priority for the city and we are
hoping that the recycling numbers will go up
and the refuse numbers will go down even more
as time progresses,” says Rocky DiRico, Deputy
Commissioner, Support Services, at DSNY.
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