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Marathon running
We need to get out of the 40-yard dash mentality, and step into the vision of instead running a marathon. If we want to go fast and do it our way all of the time, we can’t then try to make it a long-term effort, or  we will be ineffective.

DSNY Prepares for 2018 Marathon Cleanup, Recycling Efforts

DSNY reminds runners to recycle banana peels and unwanted warmup clothing during this year’s marathon.

Recycling opportunities abound whether you are at home, at work or running a 26.2-mile race. The City of New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has announced recycling opportunities and its cleaning plan for this weekend’s TCS New York City Marathon.

At the start of the race, many runners may wear extra layers of clothing and warmup gear that they don’t want to wear while running. Participants are encouraged to drop any unwanted clothing in the blue clothing recycling bins at the start of the race. DSNY, along with DonateNYC and Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey, are working together to collect the discarded garments and keep them out of landfills. Last year, 69 tons of textiles were collected and put to reuse.

Marathon runners getting extra potassium at the race start with a pre-race banana are encouraged to make use of the gray organics recycling bins. After collection, those banana peels will be processed and turned into compost or renewable energy.

In 2017, DSNY removed:

  • 84.29 tons of litter and debris
  • 8.83 tons of paper
  • 4.23 tons of metal, glass and plastic
  • 69 tons of textiles

After the 50,000 runners taking part in this weekend’s marathon cross the finish line, DSNY begins its own race to collect the clothing, drinking cups and other assorted debris left behind.

This year, DSNY will send out the following resources to get the job done:

  • 288 sanitation workers
  • 32 supervisors and superintendents
  • 59 collection trucks
  • 62 mechanical brooms
  • Nine dump trucks
  • A combined 29 push brooms, blowers, front-end loaders and haulsters

The department will also assist the New York Police Department with security operations by providing sanitation vehicles for blockade purposes.

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