Since the early 19thcentury, New York City’s urban planners have sought to maximize the amount of real estate available for public use and development. As a result, much of the City was designed with no back alleys, leaving deliveries and waste collectionto happen in already-overcrowded streets.Continued growth in population density and economic activity means increasedconsumption of goods and services—with less space to store, set out and collect the resulting refuse and recycling.Pedestrians in the City are forced to navigate around piles of refuse and recycling that take up significant sidewalk space and attract pests. Meanwhile, collecting refuse and recyclingby truck means more heavy-duty vehicles on congested roadways and has significant environmental impacts. It is time to make smarter, more efficient choices when it comes to the way New Yorkers set out refuse and recycling for collection in the public right of way.
Closes on 31 May, 2019.
Through this Request for Expressions of Interest (“RFEI”), the NYC Department of Sanitation (“DSNY”)seeks Responses from interested parties (“Respondent(s)”) for privately or publicly operated methods of consolidating, and/or containing residential and/or commercial refuse and recycling in the public right-of-way or on City-owned property that will:
1)increase waste diversion, including by reduction, reuse, and recycling
2) reduce the volume of consolidated material set out on City sidewalks
3) reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with waste collection
4) improve the cleanliness of City streets and sidewalks.
DSNY, in coordination with the NYC Department of Transportation(“DOT”) and other City agencies as relevant, including but not limited to the NYC Business Integrity Commission, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the NYC Department of Education, the NYC Public Housing Authority, the NYC Department of City Planning, the Public Design Commission, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission, may select multiple Responses for pilot testing in the public right of way or on City-owned property,in the form of a demonstration project, permit and/or concession.