City Extends Heat Health Emergency, Delays Trash and Recycling

In response to the extreme heat, Health Commissioner Thomas Farley has extended the current Heat Health Emergency through Wednesday, July 22 at 8 p.m.

When the City declares a Heat Health Emergency, several City services are made available to the public to ensure residents stay cool and safe. Services include cooling sites, a “heatline” where residents can call to get health and safety tips from medical professionals and pet safety measures.

For a more in depth explanation on what happens during a Heat Health Emergency, you can click here.

Aside from the heat, there has been increases in trash along sidewalks and curbs due to more residents staying at home.

Despite progress made from the Streets Department to reduce its trash and recycling backlog, residents should still expect delays. Staffing shortages due to COVID-19 has caused collections to run one to two days behind.

Residents are encouraged to set their materials out at least one day later than their regular scheduled day.

The Streets Department has expanded the operating hours of the Sanitation Convenience Centers to seven days a week to allow residents to bring their trash and recycling material anytime during the week.

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