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Storm Debris Pickups Extended Once Again

DSNY Continues Collections Through Feb.

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced that the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will continue to handle special storm debris collections in neighborhoods hit hard by Hurricane Sandy through Monday, Feb. 18.

Since Sandy, Sanitation crews have been providing extra pickups of bulky storm debris to Staten Island, southern Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods on the day preceding each of their regularly scheduled refuse collection days.

To date, Sanitation crews have collected more than 389,000 tons of debris as part of the cleanup operations.

This is the second time the special collections have been extended. They were initially scheduled to end on Dec. 31, 2012, but had been extended through Jan. 14.

“The men and women of the Department have been working around the clock since Superstorm Sandy hit in order to clear roads of sand and debris and remove massive amounts of flooded furniture, clothing and personal items left behind in its wake,” said Doherty. “We now are in the midst of the winter snow season and our full resources must be ready to tackle snow storms of any size and frequency.”

The DSNY has been removing non-commercial waste from homeowners engaged in small projects. However, homeowners who are undertaking large demolition and reconstruction projects must arrange for their own dumpster by contacting a private rubbish removal service.

Bulk and construction debris generated by hired contractors or fee-forservice personnel on home repair or renovation projects is considered commercial waste and it is the responsibility of the contractor to arrange for appropriate private disposal.

For additional information on DSNY refuse collection, call 311 or visit www.nyc.com/sanitation.

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