2018-02-07 / Front Page

Organics Collections Come To Astoria In May

By Liz Goff
Department of Sanitation (DSNY) officials last week announced that the DSNY organics collection program “NYC Zero Waste,” would be coming to several Queens neighborhoods this spring.

The program is expected to kick-off in Astoria in May, in Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, Corona and North Corona in June, and to Rego Park and Forest Hills in July.

The program allows landlords and homeowners to dispose of organic waste through a curbside pick-up program or by bringing materials to a neighborhood drop-off site.

Single-family homes are automatically enrolled in the program and will receive a small brown bin and a starter kit with a DSNY brochure explaining the program.

Buildings with two-to-nine apartments are also automatically enrolled in the program, and will share one large brown bin supplied by DSNY. Residents in those buildings will also receive a starter kit including a kitchen container, along with a copy of the brochure, DSNY officials said.

Landlords or managers of buildings with more than nine units, or those located on commercial streets, must apply to participate in the program. DSNY workers will visit buildings approved to participate to educate superintendents on proper disposal methods.

Owners of these buildings will not face fines or penalties if they choose not to participate in the program.

Brown bins distributed by DSNY can be placed curbside for pickup on regular recycling days, a DSNY spokesperson said.

For more information visit the DSNY organic collection website at www.nyc.gov/311.


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