trash basket

There are 25,000 litter baskets in the naked city. This is one of them.


The NYC Department of Sanitation Adopt-a-Basket Program

A few months ago, the NYC Department of Sanitation (NYCDS) asked us if we’d like to be a volunteer in its Adopt-a-Basket Program. The program offers local businesses the opportunity to take care of, or adopt, a NYCDS litter basket next to their establishment.

We jumped at the opportunity immediately. These days, many of the public litter baskets can overflow with garbage well before the NYC Sanitation teams can get to them on their regular schedules. So, it was a bit of a no-brainer that we’d participate. Here are the details.

NYCDS Adopt-a-Basket Volunteers are provided with:

  • A supply of plastic liners
  • A collection schedule
  • A direct DSNY contact at our local office
When Your litter basket is three-quarters full simply:
  • Remove the used plastic liner (garbage bag).
  • Tie the liner up.
  • Leave the tied up liner next to the basket and insert a new liner.

That’s it! It’s an easy way to help keep the neighborhood tidy.

If you want to go a step further, check out the NYCDS Sponsor-a-Basket Program.

The NYCDS has other programs that the NYC community can participate in, as well, so check them out if you’re interested.

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