DSNY launches expanded ‘special waste’ collection services for Staten Island; here’s how it works

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — To help Staten Island residents more easily dispose of their unwanted textiles — including shoes, linens and clean rags — and batteries, the city Sanitation Department (DSNY) launched a pilot program on Thursday to pick up these items “on demand” with an appointment-based collection service.

“We are thrilled to add additional special waste items to an already successful e-waste collection program,” said Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch. “The e-waste collection program has been very well received, and successfully picked up tons of unwanted electronic items from Staten Island residents. Importantly, this pilot is using existing funding, in a more innovative and effective way – a win-win for residents, the city and the environment.”

Appointments can be booked now for collection beginning Sept. 12. The Department already offers a similar program for electronic waste covered under the New York State disposal ban.

“This is really intended as a service for Staten Islanders, and the hope is to be able to recycle a lot of this material and certainly divert it from landfill,” said the DSNY commissioner in an interview with the Advance/SILive.com.

As part of this pilot, the Salvation Army will pick up textiles from Sanitation facilities before processing the items for reuse or recycling.

“If you want to donate clothing, we work with the Salvation Army. The clothing gets recycled or reused,” she said. “We are piloting this on Staten Island, and if we can make it work there then we’ll look at expanding it [to other boroughs].

Staten Island residents wishing to get rid of their unwanted textiles and batteries can make an appointment for collection at nyc.gov/SpecialWastePickUp. Residents enter their address along with the type of material they want collected. Items should be set out in a clear plastic bag, or, if a single item is too large, set directly on the curb, according to DSNY.

Sanitation Workers will collect the items, from the curb, on the appointed day. Staten Island residents may also call 311 to request this service.

In the other four boroughs, Tisch said residents have to dispose of these items at a special waste site on specific days.

Here’s what is included:

  • Batteries – All kinds of batteries, including alkaline/single-use batteries, rechargeable batteries, and car batteries, as well as devices such as cell phones or power tools that contain a battery that cannot be easily removed. “Before setting batteries out, residents should put tape on the battery terminals to help prevents fires and keeps our Workers safe. If a battery is bulging or leaking, it may be dangerous – call 911,” said DSNY in a written statement.
  • Textiles – All types of textiles will be accepted, including clothing, shoes, linens and clean rags.
  • Electronics – E-waste covered by the New York State ban, including computers, DVD players, TVs, printers and fax machines.

The Department will offer 375 appointments a week, Monday through Friday, and will operate rain or shine, with the exception of snow or extreme weather, said DSNY. Residents will be notified if their appointment must be rescheduled.

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