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Brown organics collection bins coming to Sunnyside, Woodside in October

Brown organics collection bins/DSNY

Sept. 1, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez

The organics collection program by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is coming to Sunnyside and Woodside in October.

Residents in the two neighborhoods will be able to dispose of organic waste, including food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste through a curbside program or by depositing at a neighborhood drop-off site.

Buildings with two to nine apartments are automatically included in the program, and will get one large bin to share. Each apartment unit will also get one starter kit containing a kitchen container, a brochure, a coupon, and a sticker per apartment.

Single family homes in the area are also automatically included and will receive one small bin and a starter kit.

After the bins arrive in October, organic collection service starts on the week of October 30, and will occur once a week on recycling day.

For buildings with more than nine units, or on commercial streets, building management has to apply to participate in the program. Once the building is approved, DSNY staff will train and educate building staff on proper disposal methods, according to a spokesperson for the DSNY.

Disposing waste through the organics collection program is voluntary, and there are no penalties for choosing not to participate.

The DSNY says that organic waste—yard waste, compostable paper, food scraps—account for over 30 percent of all waste generated by residents in the city. The organics collection program is an attempt by the city to reduce waste and turn it into compost—organic matter rich in nutrients that aid plant growth—and renewable energy. By the end of 2018, all New Yorkers should have access to curbside service or a neighborhood drop-off point for organic waste.

For detailed instructions on how best to use the brown bins, visit the DSNY organic collections site.


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I’m really excited about this as it means I don’t have to store compost and drop it off at the farmer’s market every week.

To address some comments
(1) If people are going to waste food anyway, better that it be composted than go in with the normal trash
(2) There’s plenty of compostable waste that isn’t food waste, for example corn husks or the outside layers of onions and garlic
(3) Lots of cities have programs like these and they run great. It’s about time NYC started doing the same!


Some sanitation workers are very careless when it comes to picking up litter baskets and a lot of garbage gets tossed onto the sidewalk and streets. I can imagine all the spoiled food that is going to be left behind on our streets and sidewalks which will only attract rodents and insects.


Place these at PS 199 hundreds of meals thrown out daily. How much healthier are the meals if they go from the tray straight to the trash?


This will stink in the summer and attract bugs and flies! Totally disgusting idea. People cant manage recycling and they are now being told to store old or uneaten food in containers. At least the city could pick it up twice a week!


If this is not managed correctly (which will most likely be the case) it will bring more rodents and roaches to the area. Just wait and see.

Sucker Punch Sally

And they said Oran juice Jones was so 80’s but look at him now! He’s as popular as back then. Fat Al from Sunnyside (also known as Snowflakeside) has the complete special edition boxes set of OJJ greatest hits featuring “Walking in the Rain”. The last few lines of the song he dedicated to his ex girlfriend Barbara. El Loco dumped Barbara back in the day when she spilled a cup of Hawaiian Punch on his new Leisure suit he had just purchased from the Woodside Men and Boys Shop back in 1979. Fat Al from Sunnyside then swooped in with a dozen roses he stole from a grave in calvary Cemetary and showed up a Neal’s doorstep to ask permission to ask Barbara for a date. Barbara went out with Fat Al once and realized he’s a cheapskate and jumped out of his Ford Pinto while it was going 20mph down Skillman Ave.

Oil Beef Hooked

People should EAT food, not throw it away. What is the city going to make with all this food…???


That’s great tenants can’t even do standard recycling. Let’s set up a feast for all the rats and squirrels in the neighborhood. Oh yeah, get ready for the wonderful aroma.


Just another reason for the homeless to go through our garbage while homeowners pay fines for the city for dirty areas.

Ralphie Cifaretto

Great, now could someone get that damn rock out of the cigarette pole under the 46th st station for pete sake.

Bobby bacala

Hey Ralph your back. Has Janice been servicing you with her toy lately? You disappeared since you were out ted hahahahaha

The Russians hacked my pacemaker

A lot of people like to talk about the environment, now lets see how many people will make an effort to do something about it.


This is exciting but won’t the food smell sitting in those bins for few days? they don’t expect people to line them with bags, right? That defeats the purpose of “all organic” collection. How about try to educate people to waste less? In fact reward people for not putting garbage out on slow days. Stop getting double or triple bags at grocery stores, and encourage manufacturers to make recyclable packaging.


The smell is a legitimate fear but it turns out not to be a problem. No worse than any other garbage, really. You’re totally right about the education component. Reducing waste is a big part of it, but composting is good too.


Excellent! The less we put in landfills, the better. It’s easy to do and will make a big difference.


That’s great now how about just getting more garbage cans on corners of each block. Cause my dog just took a dump on skillman and what am I supposed to do put in my pocket and walk home five more blocks????
JVB is completely useless.

Dog Poop

Yes. Well, in a bag, and walk it home or to the nearest can. That’s part of the responsibility of owning a dog…

Dog Poop

Yes. Well, in a bag, and walk it home or to the nearest can. That’s part of the responsibility of owning a dog…


Aww poor dog owner has to carry with a poop bag. Take it home and dump in your own garbage. Nobody wants to smell your dog poop bag on a 100 degree day after it sits in the garbage can for 3 days. Or maybe you want JVB to clean after your dog? Will he get your vote then?


How about you carry it for a few blocks? How about having a plan before you walk your dog? When there are trash bins everywhere, local residents abuse them by using them as receptacles for household waste. Quit expecting the government to be there constantly for your every whim. Hiring garbage trucks to drive around the neighborhood and empty many trash receptacles was a big expense for many years and did little to keep the area clean.


Yes Todd, be a god damn responsible adult human and pet owner. Pick up the poo in a bag, walk to wherever there is a can and dispose of it like the rest of us adults do.

Joe Filipino

Thats your problem, You’re supposed too ,yes, carry it home. Not leave it in the street. Believe it or not, that’s part of owning a dog


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