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DSNY Releases 2018 Strategic Plan Update

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Annual update to department’s 2016 plan outlines status of projects, initiatives and future goals.

Two years after the release of the City of New York Department of Sanitation's (DSNY) first strategic plan, the agency just published its 2018 Strategic Plan Update.

The 2016 Strategic Plan is a four-year blueprint to fortify the department’s vital services, enhance employee and public safety, modernize the department’s fleet and facilities, develop the department’s workforce and lead New Yorkers to send zero waste to landfills by 2030.

“Over the last year, we have made significant progress on a number of fronts, including zero waste, cleaning, snow operations, public engagement and professional development,” said DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia in a statement. “We have grown our curbside organics collection program to be the largest in the country, increased litter basket service in every borough, opened the new Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station and dramatically expanded our use of technology in the field. At this half-way point, it is important to recognize all that we have achieved so far but also to reflect on challenges ahead and to set new milestones where we have delivered success ahead of schedule.”

During the last year, the department:

  • Expanded electronics waste service to two million New Yorkers, with 15 million pounds of e-waste diverted since 2013.
  • Set a 10-year monthly record high for street cleanliness ratings, with increased litter basket service in every borough.
  • Opened the Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station and NYC Compost Project site in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
  • Grew the largest curbside organics collection program in the nation, now serving 3.5 million residents.
  • Outfitted all 693 salt spreaders with turn-by-turn technology to improve route coverage during winter storms.
  • Fully deployed SMART (Sanitation Management Analysis and Resource Tracking) with 17 paperless districts, up from five last June and shut down predecessor system.
  • Began a renewable diesel pilot for sanitation trucks in eight districts, and tested an electric hybrid street sweeper.
  • Hosted the first New York City Food Waste Fair in cooperation with the Foundation for New York’s Strongest.
  • Launched the Commissioner’s Awards for Excellence with new awards categories to expand employee recognition agency-wide.
  • Supported disaster response in Puerto Rico, with 31 employees providing needed services on the island for three weeks.

The 2018 update details the progress made in the past year. In total, the department stated it has now achieved 20 of the original 46 initiatives; up from 15 at this time last year. An additional 24 original initiatives have been partially achieved, and two others are underway.

Further, the 2018 update adds four new initiatives that build on those already achieved, including:

  • Increasing participation rates for curbside recycling programs
  • Redesigning the city’s green wire mesh litter baskets
  • Testing pre-treatment methods to reduce the impact of snow storms
  • Developing a roadmap for a DSNY Museum

The 2018 Strategic Plan Update, the 2017 Strategic Plan Update and the 2016 Strategic Plan are all available.

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