- NYC sees a decline in both trash and recycling amounts.
- Mayor Eric Adams introduces new rules to reduce garbage bags on streets.
- Composting in the city has seen a significant increase.
New York City's Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has reported a surprising decline in the amount of trash collected this year, with figures showing 5.6% less trash in 2023 than in 2022, and 2.6% less compared to 2019. This decrease is puzzling, especially since recycling rates have also dropped.
While some speculate that the city's growing rat population might be consuming more waste, leading theories point to a declining city population and an increase in composting. In fact, composting of food scraps and yard waste has doubled between 2020 and 2023. The city's introduction of Smart Composting bins, accessible via the NYC Compost app, supports this trend. The Department of Sanitation's spokesperson, Vincent Gragnani, mentioned that about one-third of the city's waste is compostable, and they aim to expand curbside composting to all boroughs.
Mayor Eric Adams is taking active measures to clean up the streets. He has announced a new rule, effective March 2024, requiring all businesses to place their trash in containers. This initiative is not only about cleanliness but also about addressing the rat problem and preparing for winter storms.
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