Brown Bins Pickup Days by DSNY (Sanitation) — front of the Children's Garden 544 E 12th St
Pickup Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays — put brown bins by the curb by 4 pm.
Report any pickup day that was missed by Sanitation other than below (notify Shig to report to DSNY).
No Pickup Days 2020 (Holidays Observed by DSNY):
- January 1, Wednesday — New Year's Day
- January 20, 3rd Monday — Martin Luther King, Jr Day
- February 12, Wednesday — Lincoln's Birthday
- February 17, 3rd Monday — Presidents' Day
- May 25, last Monday — Memorial Day
- July 4, Saturday — Independence Day
- September 7, 1st Monday — Labor Day
- October 12, 2nd Monday — Columbus Day
- November 3, 1st Tuesday [after 11/1] — Election Day
- November 11, Wednesday — Veterans Day
- November 26, 4th Thursday — Thanksgiving Day
- December 25, Friday — Christmas Day
Other Days DSNY may not pick up: Snow days — DSNY trucks are prepped/used for shoveling snow.
- If brown bins were not picked up/not emptied, please secure the brown bins back into the garden.
The Sanitation truck usually comes around between 5 pm and 7 pm, sometimes later.
- Put liners in the brown bins with a clear plastic liner/bag (Lining helps to prevent food from freezing to the bin in the winter and keeps odors down in the summer).
- Latch the bin shut to prevent pests, keep odors in, and to prevent people from easily putting garbage in it.
- Compostable bags may be put in the brown bins, but they must have BPI-Certified Compostable certification on the product to be placed in the brown bin.
- Only fill to ~80% of the bin so that it won't become too heavy and in case people add to it before pickup.
Placement in the Garden
- In the drop-off bay, one bin unlatched but the latch hooked into the notch for people to easily open the lid; all other brown bins latched and kept in the middle space between the bear bin by the gate and raised beds away from any lower height items, incl. bucket, to prevent rats from climbing and trying to get into the bins.
- On pickup days, by 4 pm, put the brown bins on the left of the fire hydrant (closest to the garden gate). Do Not Block or put too close to the hydrant in case the Fire Dept need to access the hydrant. Make sure lid can open without hitting any vehicle that frequently stops by the hydrant curb.
- Handles of the bins should face the street so Sanitation workers can quickly pull the bins to the truck; also, so that people can continue to add, safely, from the sidewalk side.
- Loosen the liners from the rim so that when the bins are unloaded the liners are less likely to stay attached to the bins. It also facilitates Sanitation to unload quickly and cleanly.
- If the liner happens to be left in the bin, try to reuse it. If it's unusable, replace with a new liner.
- Before lining, make sure bin is clean (no food waste juice and bits), if necessary, rinse with water, put bin upside-down with lid open to drain out liquid for a few minutes on the ground or into the worm bed.
Source and for more Information: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services/food-scraps-and-yard-waste-page
Brown Bins Quantity: 5 —Started with 1 brown bin 11/17/2018; Added 2 more 6/7/2019; +2 more 2/2020 (requested 2/14/2020).
Children's Garden — a GreenThumb community garden on 12th St & Ave B, southwest corner, East Village NYC
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