New York City Department of Sanitation
|Jurisdiction||New York City|
|Headquarters||125 Worth Street
New York, NY
|Employees||7,200 uniformed sanitation workers and supervisors
2,041 civilian employees
|Department executive||Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner of Sanitation|
|Key document||New York City Charter|
The New York City Department of Sanitation is the largest sanitation department in the world, with 7,201 uniformed sanitation workers and supervisors, 2,041 civilian workers, 2,230 collection trucks, 275 specialized collection trucks, 450 street sweepers, 365 salt and sand spreaders, 298 front end loaders, 2,360 support vehicles, and handles over 12,000 tons of residential and institutional refuse and recyclables a day. It has a uniformed force of unionized sanitation workers (Local 831 USA of the Teamsters). Its regulations are compiled in title 16 of the New York City Rules.
The New York City Department of Sanitation has its own police force, which is composed of four specialized units:
- The Uniformed Sanitation Police Force
- The illegal dumping task force
- The Permit and Inspection Unit
- The Environmental Police Unit
They are composed of uniformed and undercover officers who handle sanitation related emergency calls, and enforce sanitation related laws in addition to state and city traffic and criminal laws in the 5 boroughs of New York City. DSNY police officers are NYS peace officer certified by the NYS Municipal Training Council. Officers may carry a firearm , carry and use handcuffs, make warrantless arrests, issue summonses, and use physical and deadly force. The police force uses marked and unmarked police cars.
- Bronx 1 – 680 East 132 Street, Bronx, NY – serves Mott Haven, Port Morris, and Melrose
- Bronx 2 – 650 Casanova Street, Bronx, NY
- Bronx 3 – 680 East 132 Street, Bronx, NY
- Bronx 4 (Nelson Diaz Garage) – 720 East 132 Street, Bronx, NY
- Bronx 5 – 1331 Cromwell Avenue, Bronx, NY
- Bronx 6 (Rafael Concepcion Garage) – 800 East 176 Street, Bronx, NY
- Bronx 7 – 423 West 215 Street, Bronx, NY
- Bronx 8 – 423 West 215 Street, Bronx, NY
- Bronx 9 – 850 Zerega Avenue, Bronx, NY
- Bronx 10 – 850 Zerega Avenue, Bronx, NY
- Bronx 11 – 800 Zerega Avenue, Bronx, NY
- Bronx 12 – 1635 East 233 Street, Bronx, NY
- Brooklyn 1 – 161 Varick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
- Brooklyn 2 (Alfred G. Timmons Garage) – 465 Hamilton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
- Brooklyn 3 – 525 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
- Brooklyn 4 (Eva Barrientos Garage) – 161 Varick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
- Brooklyn 5 – 606 Milford Street, Brooklyn, NY
- Brooklyn 8 – 1755 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY
- Brooklyn 9 – 690 New York Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
- Brooklyn 16 – 922 Georgia Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
- Brooklyn 17 – 105-02 Avenue D, Brooklyn, NY
- Brooklyn 6 – 127 2nd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
- Brooklyn 7 – 5100 1st Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace
- Brooklyn 10 – 5100 1st Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Fort Hamilton
- Brooklyn 11 (Michael Hanly Garage) – 1624 Shore Parkway, Brooklyn, NY – serves Bath Beach, Gravesend, Mapleton, and Bensonhurst
- Brooklyn 12 (Frank Consalvo Garage) – 5602 19th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Borough Park, Kensington, Ocean Parkway, and Midwood
- Brooklyn 13 – 2012 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, and Seagate
- Brooklyn 14 – 1397 Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Flatbush, Midwood, Kensington, and Ocean Parkway
- Brooklyn 15 – 2501 Knapp Street, Brooklyn, NY – serves Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Kings Bay, Gerritsen Beach, Kings Highway, East Gravesend, Madison, Homecrest, and Plum Beach
- Brooklyn 18 (Keith Bridges Garage) – 105-01 Foster Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Canarsie, Bergan Beach, Mill Basin, Flatlands, Marine Park, Georgetown, and Mill Island
- Manhattan 1 – South Street, Pier 36, New York, NY – serves Tribeca, Financial District, and Battery Park City
- Manhattan 2 – 2 Bloomfield Street, New York, NY – serves Greenwich Village, West Village, NoHo, SoHo, Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy
- Manhattan 3 – South Street, Pier 36, New York, NY – serves Tompkins Square, East Village, Lower East Side, Chinatown and Two Bridges
- Manhattan 5
- Manhattan 6
- Manhattan 7 – 650 West 57 Street, New York, NY – serves Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, and Lincoln Square
- Manhattan 8 – 4036 9th Avenue, New York, NY – serves Upper East Side, Lenox Hill, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island
- Manhattan 9
- Manhattan 10
- Manhattan 11
- Manhattan 12
- Queens 7 – 120-15 31st Avenue, Queens, NY – serves Flushing, Bay Terrace, College Point, Whitestone, Malba, Beechhurst, Queensboro Hill, and Willets Point
- Queens 8
- Queens 10 (Rodney Page Garage) – 130–23 150th Avenue, Queens, NY – serves Howard Beach, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Tudor Village, and Lindenwood
- Queens 11
- Queens 12
- Queens 13 – 153-67 146th Avenue, Jamaica, NY – serves Queens Village, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park, Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Floral Park, and Brookville
- Queens 14
- Queens 1 (Frank Justich Garage) – 34-28 21st Street, Queens, NY
- Queens 2 – 52-35 58th Street, Woodside, NY
- Queens 3 – 52-35 58th Strete, Woodside, NY
- Queens 4
- Queens 5
- Queens 6 – 58–73 53rd Avenue, Woodside, NY
- Queens 9
- Staten Island 1 – 539 Jersey Street, Staten Island, NY
- Staten Island 2 – 2500 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY
- Staten Island 3 – 1000 West Service Road, Staten Island, NY
Like the rest of New York's uniformed forces, they have a nickname: "New York's Strongest," a term coined by Harry Nespoli to describe the Department's football team in the late 1970s-early 1980s. The section of Worth Street between Centre and Baxter Streets in Manhattan is named "Avenue of the Strongest" in their honor.
DSNY was founded in 1881 as the Department of Street Cleaning. One of the Department's first Commissioners, Colonel George E. Waring, Jr., pioneered such current practices as recycling, street sweeping, and a dedicated uniformed cleaning and collection force. Under Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, New York City's streets are reportedly the cleanest that they have been in over 30 years.
- Col. George Waring, Jr. (1895–98)
- William F. Carey (1936–45)
- Robert Groh (1974–76)
- Anthony Vaccarello (1976–78)
- Norman Steisel (1978–86)
- Brendan Sexton (1986–90)
- Steven Polan (1990–92)
- Emily Lloyd (1992–94)
- John Doherty (1994–98, 2002–14)
- Kevin Farrell (1999–2001)
- Kathryn Garcia (2014–present)
- 1968: Sanitation workers had been without a contract for six months when they rejected Mayor John Lindsay's latest proposal and went on strike on February 2. As the garbage on the streets of New York City accumulated to over 100,000 tons, negotiations between Lindsay and union leaders went poorly. Finally, on February 10, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller stepped in, offering a $425 wage increase and future arbitration, which the workers agreed to and ended the strike.
- 1975: A wildcat strike took place in 1975 from July 2–4 in the midst of a budget crisis for New York City before returning to work under the provision that they would put up their own money to guarantee payroll if the city legislation could not get the tax increase necessary.
- 1981: Workers went on strike just after midnight on December 1 to demand a wage increase and would remain out until December 17.
- New York City Charter § 751; "There shall be a department of sanitation the head of which shall be the commissioner of sanitation."
- About DSNY
- DSNY Police Cars
- DSNY District Map. Retrieved 2015-Feb-15.
- Trying to Clean Up New York, Gotham Gazette, Aug. 16, 2004
- Untapped Cities. "Today in NYC History: The Great Garbage Strike of 1968." Retrieved 2015-Jun-29.
- "Beame's gimmick ends N.Y. garbage strike." Chicago Tribune. 1975 Jul 4. Retrieved 2015-Jun-29.
- NYC, 1981. "The Christmas Trash Strike of 1981." Young, Greg. Retrieved 2015-Jun-29.