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City Prepares to Roll Out 36,500 New Trash Carts to Residents by Mid-September


Photo: City of Syracuse NY

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced the Department of Public Works began delivering new trash carts to 36,500 households across the city beginning Tuesday, September 5, 2023.


The distribution of carts is expected to take about ten days. Residents are expected to begin using them right away. New carts are being provided and delivered at no additional charge to all residential properties.

“This is a big positive change for our constituents, neighborhoods and workforce,” Walsh said. “Where we’ve already introduced the new trash carts, the service is better, and the streets are cleaner. And on routes where the carts and tippers are being used, we’ve had zero injuries to our sanitation workers. This is a huge undertaking, and we are proud of how our sanitation workers and residents are responding.”

The city of Syracuse says its bringing better sanitation service using uniform covered trash carts and semi-automated pickup citywide based upon its three months of upgraded experience at nearly 7,000 properties.

All city trash trucks are now equipped with “tipper arms” to help complete pickups.

City sanitation workers position the carts for pickup and empty them by using the automated tipper. The system eliminates repetitive lifting by workers that can lead to injury.

Covered recycling carts will be introduced in 2024.

The carts come with instructions on how to use them and what to do with old trash receptacles.

Residents will be able to access online versions of the instructions in four languages (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Nepali) at syr.gov/carts.

Property owners with disabilities can contact Cityline at 315-448-CITY (2489) regarding special accommodations.

Trash Setout Instructions

Trash carts must be placed at the end of the driveway or between the sidewalk and the street after 6 p.m. on the evening before the designated trash setout day.

For properties without driveways, place carts between the sidewalk and the street. The lid must be securely closed at the time of collection.

Only bagged waste can be placed in carts. Unbagged materials are unacceptable. Waste cannot be placed outside of carts. This will be considered an illegal set-out and may be cited and fined. Recyclables must be placed in existing blue bins.

Trash carts must be stored on the side of or behind the house/garage or in the garage when it is not the designated collection day. The receptacles must not be stored in front of residences.

For items that do not fit in a trash cart, including tires and furniture, please call Cityline at 315-448-CITY to request a bulk pickup. Residential units are allowed four bulk pickups per year. Additional bags of trash outside of the cart are not allowed and will be cited as an illegal set out. An illegal setout may incur a fine.

The city encourages residents who seek additional information on the trash cart rollout to visit: syr.gov/carts.


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