Beginning December 3rd, 2010, the New York City Department of Sanitation will
require all City residents to fully encase within a sealed plastic bag all
mattresses or box springs being discarded for DSNY collection. This new
rule will help prevent an increase in bed bug activity, with bed bugs being
found in homes and apartments. Bed bugs are generally nocturnal and tend
to live in bedding, such as mattresses and box springs, hiding in their crevices
until they are ready to feed.
Under the new rule, failure to place a mattress or box spring out in a proper
bag can result in a $100 fine. The Department will delay enforcing the new
set-out rule for 30 days, followed by full enforcement beginning January 3rd,
"There has been a rise in bed bug-related complaints within the City, and
bedding is the prime nesting place for most bed bugs," said Sanitation
Commissioner John J. Doherty. "With this new rule, and thanks to the
support of Councilmember Gale Brewer, we will safeguard our workers and help to
mitigate the spread of bed bugs throughout the City. We also suggest that
the plastic mattress bags be placed around the bedding before it is removed from
the room out to the curb to further limit bed bugs from infesting other parts of
the home or apartment."
Councilmember Gale Brewer said: "I appreciate the efforts made by the
Department of Sanitation to address the bed bug epidemic that our city has been
grappling with, an issue I have been working on since 2006. In 2008, I
introduced a bill, Intro 0872-2008, that would require all bedding and furniture
set out for collection to be both completely contained inside a sealed plastic
bag, and labeled with a sticker or decal indicating that it may contain bed
bugs. I believe the rules promulgated by DSNY are a step in the right direction
towards curtailing mattresses and box springs as a vehicle of spreading bed
bugs. In our shared concern for the health and safety of city employees, I look
forward to working with the Department to ensure that these rules are as
effective as possible."
Plastic bags to contain the bedding are available at department stores, home
improvement centers, at other home supply businesses, and online, at a modest
cost. Bedding stores also provide removal options with purchases.
For further information, go to www.nyc.gov/sanitation, or call