The Sanitation Department’s special curbside storm debris pickup will end Monday and garbage collection schedules are back to normal in areas hardest-hit by Hurricane Sandy.
Since the storm eight weeks ago, Sanitation crews have been running special storm debris pickups on the days before scheduled garbage collection in hard-hit neighborhoods like Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways.
Those days, Sanitation trucks picked up items such as wet furniture and other household materials damaged in the storm surge, as well as structural debris, trees and bushes that were destroyed on private property.
“While we have collected a great amount of the initial storm debris, now is the time for those whose homes were affected to clear out any remaining materials so that we can remove it and arrange for its proper disposal," said Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty.
While the Sanitation Dept. does remove non-commercial waste from homeowners engaged in small projects, homeowners who are undertaking large demolition and reconstruction projects — which includes most home repairs stemming from Hurricane Sandy damage — should arrange for their own dumpster by contacting a private rubbish removal service. Since the storm,
Sanitation crews have collected more than 379,000 tons of debris as a part of the cleanup operations.