For some New Yorkers recycling during the holiday season can be a hassle. One New York State Assemblyman wants to change that.
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) is calling on the New York City Sanitation Department to change their recycling collection schedule for the end of December and beginning of January. He points to the fact that Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, both federally recognized holidays, annually fall on the same day of the week which causes recycling collection to be suspended on those days. This means that collection does not exist for some New York City residents between December 18th and January 8th.
“This is simply too long for recycling collection to be suspended, a significant inconvenience for too many,” stated Mr. Dinowitz. “Three weeks in-between recycling collection is too lengthy, particularly during the holiday season when families gather for numerous celebrations,” he added.
This time frame of suspended collection overlaps with Sanitation’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program which takes place from December 30th through January 15th.
Assemblyman Dinowitz also has a suggestion which would ease the burden on both City residents and the Sanitation Department. He recommends that recycling collection can be picked up on the next active collection date after one of the two suspended dates. For example, Sanitation could pick up collection that would have occurred on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day on December 26th or January 2nd.
“This seems like a common sense solution that will benefit both the City and its residents,” explained Mr. Dinowitz. “Residents would not have to hold onto collectibles for almost a month while Sanitation would not have to pick up a heavy collection once service resumes after three weeks.”