New York City Unveils First Official Trash Bins to Improve Sanitation

New York City has taken a significant step towards a cleaner and safer environment with the introduction of its first official trash bin, designed specifically for low-density residential buildings.

Mayor Eric Adams and Department of Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch unveiled the new “NYC Bin” at a press briefing on Monday, touting its durability, affordability, and ability to reduce rodent infestations.

The new bins come in two sizes – 35 gallons and 45 gallons – and are priced at $45.88 and $53.01, respectively.

The bins are designed with wheels and a secure rodent-resistant latching lid to prevent pests from rummaging through waste.

According to Commissioner Tisch, these bins are the cheapest of their quality available in the market, with prices significantly lower than those found in retail stores.

Starting November 12, buildings with one to nine residential units will be required to use secure containers of 55 gallons or less for trash disposal.

The rule will also apply to special-use buildings, including city agency offices, houses of worship, and professional offices housed in residential buildings.

From June 1, 2026, all buildings will be required to use the official “NYC Bin” as part of the city’s effort to move towards safer, faster, and cleaner collection.

The new rule is expected to containerize approximately 70% of the city’s 14 billion annual pounds of trash, significantly reducing the problem of rodents and reclaiming public spaces. As part of this initiative, fines will be issued for violations starting January 2, 2025.

While New York has lagged behind other cities in implementing a comprehensive trash containerization system, Mayor Adams believes that this new rule will pay dividends in the long run.

The new bins will not only improve sanitation but also help reduce the city’s notorious rodent problem.

In addition to the trash bins, matching green and blue recycling bins are also available for purchase. Although not mandatory at present, Commissioner Tisch encouraged residents to adopt recycling practices to further reduce waste and contribute to a cleaner environment.

With the introduction of the NYC Bin, the city is taking a significant step towards a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future. As the new rule takes effect, residents are expected to see improvements in sanitation services and a reduction in rodent infestations.