Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announces Pre-Passover Collection Service in Orthodox Jewish Neighborhoods
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty today announced a plan to deploy additional refuse and recycling collection trucks to service predominately Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods throughout the City in anticipation of the traditional pre-Passover Chometz clean up.
The Department of Sanitation’s goal is to collect the additional materials before the Passover holiday begins at sundown on Monday, March 29th .
Residents in the special collection areas who by religious belief must cleanse their homes in anticipation of the Passover holiday, should discard trash and other bulk items the week prior to the holiday starting Wednesday, March 24th , and by no later than Monday, March 29th.
During these times, increased collection frequency will begin within the following Brooklyn community boards: Brooklyn 1, 3, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18. Recyclables should continue to be placed at the curb on the regularly scheduled day.
“This special collection program, arranged by the Department of Sanitation with Orthodox Jewish community, is one example of the City’s responsiveness to the needs of our various communities,” said Mayor Bloomberg.
“The Department of Sanitation is pleased to offer this annual service to a number of predominately Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods throughout the City during the Passover holiday,” said Commissioner Doherty.
Before discarding a refrigerator, freezer, air conditioner, water cooler, de-humidifier or other appliance containing CFC gas, residents must call 3-1-1 to make an appointment for placement of these items for processing. Once serviced, the item will be picked up on regularly scheduled recycling days. In addition, the Department reminds residents that bulk items such as couches, mattresses, and discarded furniture can be placed at curbside year-round for removal on regularly scheduled collection days.