The Department of Sanitation’s test project to containerize trash pickup on one residential block won’t work on a citywide level, the agency’s chief said, so New York’s Strongest will need a better strategy to clear Big Apple sidewalks of their notorious rubbish mountains. DSNY Commissioner Jessica Tisch said the pilot on W. 45th Street, between Ninth and 10th avenues in Hells Kitchen, took a lot of resources and bags still end up outside the bins — even when the receptacles aren’t full.

The agency wants to find more options once it publishes a much-anticipated waste containerization study in the coming weeks, Tisch said, for which officials hired consultants McKinsey for $4 million. Locals praised the project for making the sidewalks clear and keeping away rats, but the DSNY chief said it would not be the way the city eventually does containerization.

“Despite consistent education and outreach efforts, there is regularly waste placed outside of the containers every day of the week,” Tisch said at a Council budget oversight hearing. “This is an incredibly resource-intensive pilot, and this approach is not scalable beyond its current scope.”

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Author: Kevin Duggan, StreetsBlog NYC