NYC Department of Sanitation’s “Winter Schedule” Begins for 2022-2023 Season
Schedule Change Allows for Round-the-Clock Storm Readiness; Collection Times Could Vary
The New York City Department of Sanitation announced today that it has transitioned its operations to a winter schedule. Long known as “Night Plow,” the Department schedules more employees to overnight hours during the winter to respond promptly and effectively to snow conditions around the clock. This winter shift is in addition to the unprecedented amount of nighttime trash and recycling collection already in place - all part of ongoing efforts to decrease the time that material sits on the streets and create a cleaner City with fewer rats.
When it is not snowing, Sanitation Workers scheduled for the night shift are frequently assigned to cleaning or collection duties, and as a result, residents may notice their trash, compost, and recycling collected at a slightly different time. The Department reminds residents: If you don’t put your trash out at the right time, by midnight, you risk missing your pick-up.
“There are more trucks running on the midnight shift than ever before,” said Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch. Regarding proper set-out times, she continued, “Our crews will be there; we need you to do your part and put the material out at the right time for us to collect.”
The Department’s focus on data and “on-the-ground” observations helps determine the start and stop of the winter operations. This year’s announcement comes later in the year due to the earlier unseasonably warm temperatures. The winter schedule generally lasts at least through mid-April, but the Department will re-evaluate in the weeks and months to come.
The Department of Sanitation has a frontline defense of more than 700 salt spreaders dispatched at the first sign of frozen precipitation. Once two inches of snow has fallen on the City’s streets and highways, the Department can deploy it’s more than 2,000 plow-equipped trucks to clear snow and ice. The Department is responsible for more than 19,000 lane-miles of roadway in the City. Read our Snow Operations FAQs on Sanitation snow operations.
Help us spread the word by sharing the below text and photo on social media!
FYI: @nycsanitation kicked off its winter schedule; they’re ready for snow around the clock. When it's not snowing, workers will collect more trash/recycling overnight, so be sure you put your items out by midnight of your collection day for pickup!