FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2006
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION INCREASING FLEXIBILITY FOR TRASH RECEPTACLE REMOVAL
Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
“The next bill before me is Introductory Number 28-A, sponsored by Council Members McMahon, Comrie, Fidler, Gentile, James, Koppell, Liu, Martinez, Recchia Jr., Weprin, Gennaro, Arroyo, Felder, Gonzalez, Nelson, Lanza and Oddo. This bill increases flexibility for residential trash receptacle removal by residents after collection by the Department of Sanitation.
“Trash receptacles kept in front of buildings for extended periods of time are unsightly, may be used improperly by passing pedestrians and motorists to dispose of trash, and often blow or fall over, causing trash to be spread onto the streets and sidewalks. For these reasons, it is critical to minimize the amount of time that receptacles sit at the curbside.
“Introductory Number 28-A clarifies a provision in the Administrative Code that requires residents to remove their receptacles after trash collection, and takes into consideration the needs of working residents who do not return home until the evening. The amended provision gives residents until 9:00 p.m. on the day of collection to remove their emptied receptacles from the curbside. If the building’s collection occurs after 4:00 p.m., residents will have until 9:00 a.m. on the day following their collection to remove their receptacles.
“I would like to thank Department of Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty and his staff for their work on this bill. I would also like to thank the Council for working with the Administration to develop a favorable resolution to this issue.”
Stu Loeser / Jordan Barowitz (212) 788-2958