6th Annual ILSR Cultivating Community Composting Forum
Marguerite Manela, Senior Manager
Community Composting & Compost Distribution
NYC Department of Sanitation
May 13, 2019
New York City Department of Sanitation
The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is the world’s
largest sanitation department.
DSNY collects more than 10,500 tons of residential and institutional
garbage and 1,760 tons of the recyclables – each day.
While efficiently managing solid waste and clearing litter or snow from
6,300 miles of streets, the Department is also committing to
sending zero waste to landfills.
Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability
The Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability leads initiatives to reduce
waste – and keep recyclables from reaching landfills. This team’s focus
is driving New York City to send zero waste to landfills.
Recycle (metal, glass, plastic, paper)
Food Scraps and Yard Waste
Clothing & Textiles
(new food waste donation portal for
businesses and non-profits as of March 2019!)
Decals and Information
(click on references to decals/signage)
2017 Waste Characterization Study
Food scraps, food‐soiled paper and yard waste comprise a third of the
trash New Yorkers throw away.