July 10, 2024 3 min read

What to Know About the New NYC Trash Bin

Sizes, prices, and dates

It’s official – NYC now has an official NYC Bin 

Instant recap:  Yesterday, NYC Mayor Eric Adams rolled out his own trash from Gracie Mansion in the new official NYC Bin. The move is part of the city’s “Trash Revolution'' to containerize all residential and commercial trash. The NYC Bin is for buildings with 1-9 units and can be purchased online from one designated vendor. 

Important dates:

  • November 12, 2024 - residential trash can no longer be placed in bags on the curb. If it's not in the official NYC Bin, it can be put out in your existing cans with fastened lids.
  • June 2026 - use of official NYC Bin is required by all buildings with 1-9 units. 

The official NYC Bin is the new weapon in the war on rats 

Yesterday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner Jessica Tisch announced the next stage of the "Trash Revolution" to combat the mountains of ugly black trash bags that have marred the look of NYC streets for decades.

At Gracie Mansion, Mayor Adams placed the trash in a spiffy new official NYC Bin, to demonstrate just how easy it is to wheel trash to the curb.


Cheat Sheet about the new NYC residential trash rules for 1-9 unit buildings

  • The containerization requirement for buildings with one to nine residential units goes into effect onNovember 12, 2024.
  • From November 12, 2024 until June 2026, residents may continue to use bins they already have, provided those bins are 55 gallons or less and have a latching lid to keep rats out.
  • NYC Bins are availableonline for pre-order, and begin shipping on September 3, 2024. 

  • Implementation of the rule will include a warning period extending through the end of 2024, with issuance of fines to commence on January 2, 2025. 
  • Effective June 1, 2026, buildings with 1-9 units will be required to use the official NYC Bin, which hook onto the Department of Sanitation’s new rear-loading “tipper” garbage trucks.
  • Fines are $50 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense, and $200 for a third offense and each thereafter.

  • The new official NYC Bin is equipped with wheels and a secure latching lid, and is the cheapest bin of its quality available, with prices below $50 for the most common size.

If you want to learn more about NYC residential containerization rules, see DSNY's info page for full details. 

There’s a CITIBIN for NYC’s new wheelie bin

Knowing that homeowners would need a larger size for the official NYC Bins, CITIBIN created ourMedium-sized trash enclosures.TheMediumis already in stock and ready to install. 

"We're proud to be part of the Trash Revolution in NYC and have adapted our product line to fit the new NYC wheelie bins," said CITIBIN Founder and CEOLiz Picarazzi. You may already be familiar with CITIBINs, which are located throughout New York City’s five boroughs, in Business Improvement Districts, NYC Parks, and Libraries. As for what the new requirements mean to New Yorkers, Picarazzi said “Think of CITIBIN as parking for your NYC Bins. There's even an option for built-in planters!"

CITIBIN can retrofit existing small-size trash enclosures to fit the official NYC Bins

If you already own a small-size CITIBIN (previously named the “Standard”), don’t panic. CITIBIN created a retrofit kit that increases the depth and height of the Small Enclosure to fit the new NYC wheelie bins. “As soon as CITIBIN learned in October that a new NYC can would be required, our engineers designed the retrofit kit, which is already manufactured and in stock,” Picarazzi said. “We're so on top of it that our retrofit kit was available even before the Mayor took out his trash in the official NYC Bins.”

As a quick reminder, CITIBIN has multiple-size trash enclosures. The SMALL is for 32-44 gallon cans, the MEDIUM is for 45-55 gallon cans, and the LARGE is for 65-96 gallon cans. We also have optional add-ons, including custom planters, a mailbox option, and a parcel locker,the ParcelBin

Related: NYC garbage setout regulations

Given the fast pace of the NYC Department of Sanitation's “Trash Revolution,” CITIBIN acted quickly to develop both a new enclosure size and a retrofit kit to be compatible with all can sizes. If you have questions about what the new DSNY rules mean for you, please contact us. 

If you’re in the market for a trash enclosure, downloadCITIBIN’s new buyer’s guide. You can also call us at 347.549.4121 or email us atinfo@citibin.com to discuss creating your customized trash bin setup. 

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