Residential and Commercial Garbage
Residential garbage may only be placed outside after 5:00 p.m. on the day before pickup.
Commercial establishments may only place refuse out for collection one hour before closing. If the merchant’s waste is collected during the day, refuse may not be placed outside unless it is within two hours of actual collection time. Avoid tickets—sanitation fines are from $50 to $250.
A new sanitation law goes into effect on January 1, 2019. The NYC Polystyrene Foam Packaging Law bans single-service foam items from possession, sale, or use in NYC. This includes foam takeout containers, cups and plates. This ban affects food establishments, stores and manufacturers of foam packaging within all five boroughs.