The Sanitation Department has again extended its special debris collection in neighborhood, hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.
The pickups will now continue until March 18.
The department has been collecting household debris, including soggy furniture, drywall and other items, tossed out after the storm in communities hit the hardest by the hurricane’s storm surge, including Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways since the Oct. 29 storm. The collections were first due to end Jan. 1, but were extended twice — to Jan. 14 and then Feb. 18 — due to continued need, especially in the Rockaways. This new date marks the third extension.
A Sanitation Dept. spokesperson also said that some debris collection days were missed due to the blizzard that struck on Feb. 8.
Small quantities of construction and demolition debris resulting from work done by homeowners will continue tobe picked up on regularly scheduled refuse collection days provided it is properly bundled. Wood may not be more than 4 feet in length and must be tied up securely. DSNY crews will pick up a maximum of 10 bulky items per home.
Bulk and construction debris generated by hired contractors or fee-for-service 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.
Though the number of curbside debris piles have dwindled since the storm, especially in Howard Beach, they are reappearing in a few areas as residents begin renovating their homes after waiting for insurance checks to clear.
The Sanitation Dept. says since the hurricane, it has collected more than 415,000 tons of debris in southern Queens, Brooklyn and coastal Staten Island alone.