Public housing

NYCHA seeks to modernize garbage and recycling disposal in NYC public housing estates

STATEN ISLAND, NY — The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is looking to modernize waste and recycling systems, while increasing the efficiency of its developments.

The agency issued a Request for Information (RFI) on Monday, seeking proposals from waste haulers and container collection equipment manufacturers to develop a pilot program for using hoist waste collection in housing estates. of social housing.

The technology would consist of aboveground or submerged containers that would be picked up by specialized garbage trucks with mechanized lifts.

This system would reduce the number of garbage and recycling bags on the sidewalk and allow residents and staff to easily dispose of trash and recyclables.

“Ensuring our buildings and grounds are clean and pest-free is a key goal of the Authority,” said NYCHA President and CEO Greg Russ in the announcement.

“We want to find innovative ideas from industry leaders to rethink our approach to waste management, and we’re excited to bring this cutting-edge technology to New York,” Russ continued.

According to NYCHA, its buildings were originally built to incinerate trash on site, with no storage space for trash or recycling. The incinerators were closed in the 1970s, but no storage space was added, leaving residents and NYCHA staff to manually move trash and recyclables to the sidewalk for the city’s sanitation department pick them up every week.

One-third of all NYCHA developments use bin bags to put trash out for collection, and all leave recyclables in bags. Current methods of disposing of waste from NYCHA properties can be an eye-sore, attract pests, and clog sidewalk space.

“Most NYCHA buildings were not designed for the modern waste stream, and while NYC sanitation workers are proud to support NYCHA’s dedicated staff in keeping their buildings clean, new solutions can go a long way to making this work faster and more efficient,” DSNY Commissioner Edward Grayson said.

In May 2021, the Department of Housing and Urban Development approved NYCHA’s Municipal Capital Action Plan, including $563.5 million to be allocated to waste management. The funds would support the replacement of outdated indoor compactors and the redesign of waste yards, prioritizing efficiency at around 324 sites with 197 developments, according to a press release.

Mechanical waste technology could be implemented at 75 NYCHA sites that lack space for a waste yard, representing 26% of the agency’s portfolio.

“This RFI is a key step in exploring this possibility, and DSNY stands ready to support the Housing Authority and its residents in any way we can in this important pilot project,” Grayson said.


Interested entrants may respond to one or both categories: (1) containers and related equipment to collect waste streams at NYCHA sites or (2) transportation services that could conveniently and efficiently collect waste .

Interested respondents will answer NYCHA’s questions and include descriptions of existing products, pilot implementation timelines, optimal pilot scopes, prototype and pilot costs, key challenges and additional considerations, and studies. case, if applicable.

A virtual RFI briefing will take place on March 14 at 11 a.m. RFI-related questions should be submitted in writing and emailed by 3 p.m. March 18 to [email protected]


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