BetterBin: A next generation litter basket for New York City.

 
 
 
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Competition Timeline

August 9, 2018 Stage I Q&A Deadline

August 15, 2018 Stage I Q&A Answers Posted Online

September 20, 2018 Stage I Submission Deadline

November 2018 Stage II Competitors Notified

March 29, 2019 Stage II Submission Deadline

Spring 2019 Prototype Installation & Testing

July 2019 Winner Announced

 

Submit a Question

The Q&A deadline has now passed. Please review the Q&A answers below, and review the resources page for a summary video from the BetterBin Open House. 

 
 

Q&A 

Competition Objectives

Why redesign the current mesh bins? What is wrong with the current design? What are the three biggest pain points?
While iconic to the streets of New York, the wire basket is in need of a redesign to better address the current and future waste needs of the City. The current design has several opportunities for improvement:

  • Limit litter spillage and improve street cleanliness

  • Inhibit rodent access

  • Improve the ergonomics to make the basket easier to service by Sanitation Workers

  • Make use of the litter basket to convey sustainability messaging

  • Produce one consistent design that offers both refuse and recycling access

What works well with the current wire mesh design?
The current wire mesh litter basket is affordable, accessible and easy to use for the public, and rugged. The current design withstands 2,500 service cycles on average. For Sanitation workers, the best features are the handles, which make it easier to lift and service the baskets, and the open mesh, which results in good drainage in rainy conditions. For Sanitation supervisors, the best feature is the open mesh, which makes it easy to see if the litter basket has been properly serviced.

Is the new design intended to replace all current cans in use (including “high-end” baskets), or only the open top wire-mesh basket? Is the goal to have one “standard” waste basket in NYC?
The City is seeking a new standard litter basket to replace green wire mesh baskets. The submission requirements include renderings of the litter basket design, paired with a design version altered for commingled metal, glass and plastic recycling, in at least two New York City contexts. A successful new design could replace all DSNY-managed litter baskets, including silver recycling receptacles and high end baskets.

Should subway and indoor spaces be considered too?
The competition does not cover litter baskets in private spaces (such as private outdoor plazas, or indoor litter baskets) or those serviced by other agencies (such as the MTA).

Is the litter basket for refuse only? Is there interest in a combination can for refuse and recycling?
The competition is seeking a new standard litter basket to replace green wire mesh baskets for pedestrian litter. The submission requirements include rendering of a basket designed for refuse and a version altered for commingled metal, glass and plastic recycling (primarily bottles and cans). The City is committed to expanding access to recycling, while reducing contamination rates.

What material categories does New York City recycle? Does New York have Single Stream Recycling? Will the compost program be (now or eventually) integrated into this project/design?
New York City does not currently have single stream recycling, and requires separate collection of (1) refuse, (2) paper and cardboard, and (3) metal / glass / plastics / containers. There are no present plans for food waste litter baskets.

Does DSNY have any data available that shows the distribution of refuse and recycling in their respective bins? Are there known signifiers, environments or habits that positively impact accurate sorting? Does accurate sorting positively impact DSNY?
The most recent DSNY litter basket waste characterization study is from September 2007, and is available here. The study found that locations characterized by heavy commuter use and workday lunch breaks generated larger amounts of recycling with lower contamination rates. Accurate sorting positively impacts the City and our environment, by diverting waste from landfills, to beneficial end uses.

 

Submission Requirements

How do you want the designs to be submitted?  Drawings, renderings or CADs?
All submissions must comply with the submission requirements in the BetterBin RFP (page 10 and 11).

Why is an IGES file needed for Stage 1? Does the file need to be production-ready?
Stage I submission requirements include a link to downloadable IGES file that is the basis of the graphic renderings of the design, in order for the jury to evaluate the technical and financial viability of the proposed design. The Stage I file does not need to be production ready; however designs should be sufficiently detailed to pass a technical viability review. Stage II competitors will be required to submit production ready CAD data.

Please clarify which images must be high resolution JPEGs.
The Stage I submission requirements include renderings of the litter basket design. Renderings should be high resolution JPEG files for digital display, embedded in the PDF.

Is 15MB the maximum file size for each file or sheet?
The entire submission for Stage I should be a maximum of 15MB.

Can you provide photos of New York City neighborhoods?
Competitors are encouraged to seek out appropriate graphics for their renderings and explore NYC streetscapes in person or virtually. Sample images are available at at www.betterbin.nyc/resources. Competitors may, but are not required to, use these images. 

Is the summary section intended to be text alone, or may we use images to better describe our concept and design process?
Competitors may illustrate their concept and design process as long as the requirements are met within the pages allowed.

 

Design Requirements

The full design requirements are available in the BetterBin RFP (page 5-8). Competitors are encouraged to review the design requirements carefully. 

What is the size, volume and width requirements?
The litter basket’s opening must be no higher than 40 inches, and the capacity must be no less than 40 gallons. Designs should be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and standards for side and forward reach (15” to 48” if unobstructed). Full design requirements are available in the BetterBin RFP.

Does the entire bin need to be lifted and dragged with a weight limit of 32 pounds, or can there be an interior liner that's lifted and has that weight limit?
Any component that needs to be lifted and serviced has a weight limit of 32 pounds.

Regarding weight requirements, are we going to make a model and measure the weight or is it possible to know the weight from the 3d model?
Competition entrants should submit technical drawings including dimensions, materials and weight for Stage I. Mainstream CAD platforms provide estimated weight for any part or assembly once a material has been specified. As an alternative, weight may be estimated based on material used in the design.

Could there be a component (a base plate that is attached to the sidewalk or other permanent fixture that the bin attaches to in a non-permanent way) that is attached to the sidewalk?
Both installation and use of the litter basket may not require any attachment to pre-existing surfaces or objects within the streetscape. The proposed design should be freestanding and may not be designed in a way that requires it to be affixed to the sidewalk or other objects.

Many current NYC trashcans are chained down. Does the new design need to afford a chained connection?
Chaining down a DSNY litter bin is illegal. Installation and use of the litter basket may not require any attachment to pre-existing surfaces or objects within the streetscape.

Is it possible to create a product family for accessibility that can be attached to corners, benches and lighting poles?
Submissions must be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and may not require any attachment to pre-existing surfaces or objects within the streetscape (including sidewalks, streets, walls, trees, traffic signs, traffic lights, or any other streetscape furniture or infrastructure).

Are drainage holes required on the bottom surface of the container, or the entire exterior surface of the container? Are drainage holes round only, can they be other shape holes or slots not wider than ¼?
The proposed litter basket must allow for fluids to drain from its interior. Drainage holes may be located on the bottom of the container, the sides, or both, and may be any shape. Any potential drainage holes, mesh or openings, excluding grips and hand-holds, should not exceed 1 inch in width (the size of a quarter) to prevent access by rodents.

Is a covering or lid preferred or not preferred?
There is no recommendation. If included, any lids or coverings should discourage pedestrians from leaving discards on top of them; flat surfaces present an opportunity to dispose of items improperly. Lids with restricted openings for recycling (ie, small round opening for bottles and cans) are an effective way to encourage proper use of the bin.

If the bins have an estimated production cost less than $175, could we propose a less durable design?
The City will evaluate all submissions. Less durable designs should not require significantly more resources to replace or maintain, fail to meet other criteria, or result in unnecessary waste.

Is the expected material of the bin metal or steel? Is there a preferred or required material?
There is no recommended or preferred material.

Are there any restrictions by DSNY, by local or State- or Federal Laws and/or Regulations for use of materials for the construction of the new bin?
All submissions must comply with applicable Federal, State, and local laws.

Please explain: "secondary grip, to enable simultaneous grasping using a “two-handed side grip.”
Sanitation Workers use a variety of grips to lift and draft litter baskets. In addition to the existing grip handle holes at the top of the current green wire baskets, Sanitation Workers expressed a preference to add a secondary grip along the side of the basket, similar to the top and side handles on standard luggage/suitcases, that would enable a simultaneous grip from the top and side of the basket.

Can you elaborate on how a bin can be seen as empty from a distance of 20 feet?
Route supervisors patrolling in vehicles are responsible for verifying that hundreds of baskets have been serviced during each shift. Route supervisors should be able to tell with reasonable certainty, without exiting their patrol vehicle, whether the basket has been serviced.

Please explain/elaborate on the security aspect: "designs must be conscious of and minimize risks associated with misuse of public space infrastructure."
Misuse of public space infrastructure occurs when unwanted or illegal items are placed in bins. Competitors should consider unintended consequences of design choices and take care to ensure that the design does not encourage use or actions for which it was not intended.

Does the NYPD consider litter baskets a high-risk site for crime, and if so which crimes in particular?
Litter baskets in New York City are removed by DSNY for special events or for NYPD security operations to mitigate risks identified by NYPD.

Do they need to be stackable?
For transportation and storage, the bins should safely stack 4 high.

What are the recyclability requirements for the litter bins at their end of life?
The current bin is 100% recyclable. The proposed design has the potential to make a significant positive impact on the environment. Proposed litter bins should be recyclable to the fullest possible extent.

Can you elaborate on the rat problem? Do the rats jump, dig or climb into the bins? For deterring rats, how far up the side of the bin should holes be no larger than ¼”?
Rats will frequent a location that is an established food source, such as a litter basket. Rats prefer to live within 100 feet of their food source so we most often find rat activity in a litter basket when it is nearby to a tree bed, park, catch basin or hollow void in a sidewalk. Rats are more likely to climb a rough surface than a smooth surface, and can easily access litter baskets when a door is left open after service or by a pedestrian. Drainage holes should be no wider than 1 inch (the size of a quarter) to prevent rodent access.

Are fires a frequent enough occurrence to warrant consideration?
Discarded cigarettes can lead to litter basket fires. Any potential plastic components should be self-extinguishing.

Can you please elaborate on “easily reconfigured or repurposed for use as a recycling bin”? Are there specific product requirements for a litter basket that is used as a recycling receptacle?
The design version altered for recycling should be substantively similar to the refuse design, but may include design changes such as the use of color (blue for MGP), container opening (small, round opening for MGP), use of iconography and text (“bottles and cans only”), or others.

Are there standard colors and icons for refuse and recycling? Does The City or DSNY have any relevant design guidelines or graphic standards to share?
There is no standard color for refuse. The standard color used in New York City for metal, glass and plastic recycling is blue (CMYK 100/10/0/10; PMS DS 226-3C). Current DSNY recycling signage is available to view and download here.

What are the dimensions of the existing messaging area on bins?
5.5” x 8.5”

The brief mentions that sample messaging will be supplied. Where can this be found?
Sample messaging is available here. Competitors may use either of the following messages for their renderings:

  • “0X30 zero waste to landfills by 2030”

  • “Sponsored by City Council District 00”


 

Litter Basket Servicing and Management

How many bins does a Sanitation Worker service in a shift?
Sanitation Workers service from 200 to 350 baskets per shift.

How far do the Sanitation Workers normally have to carry the litter basket from sidewalk to Sanitation truck?
Typically litter baskets are typically dragged a distance of 10-15 feet, depending on traffic conditions and curb accessibility.

Do Sanitation Workers receive any training on how to properly service a litter basket? If so, what is the guidance?
Sanitation Workers receive extensive training on proper lifting techniques and are directed to lift using their legs and avoid twisting.

Are there any tricks or special maneuvers Sanitation Workers use to make the servicing process easier or more efficient?
Sanitation Workers use handles to drag and lift litter baskets using a variety of grips. Video of Sanitation workers lifting and emptying baskets is now available at www.betterbin.nyc/resources

Can we see additional photos or video of a litter bin being serviced?
Video is now available at www.betterbin.nyc/resources

Will newly designed litter baskets continue to be emptied at least once daily by DSNY?
There are no planned changes to litter basket service schedules as a result of this competition.

What is the average amount of time it takes to service a single bin?
It takes 1-3 minutes to service a green wire mesh basket.

Does litter basket service occur at night?
Most litter baskets are serviced on a night shift. Some litter baskets are also serviced several times throughout the day.

Are there any special considerations for different seasons? For example, liquids or snow freezing inside of trash cans and getting stuck?
Litter baskets should be stable in wind gusts up to 55 mph, and be durable enough to withstand New York City weather conditions.

Have any issues arisen in maintaining the big belly trash cans around the city? Specifically the foot-pedal cans?
The City has piloted Big Belly litter baskets, and installed them on a limited basis in designated rodent mitigation areas. The City is not expanding use of Big Belly litter baskets at this time.

Of all the types of bins (bins with lids, bins with wheels, etc.) Sanitation Workers interact with on a daily basis, which are their favorite and why?
Sanitation Workers generally like the green wire mesh baskets because they are easy to service, drain well, and have good visibility.

What are the critical dimensions of the Sanitation truck? Will the dimensions be the same for the Department’s newest Sanitation trucks?

  • Size of opening at rear – 80” wide

  • Height of ledge from ground – 36”

  • The dimensions will be consistent in the newest model of Sanitation trucks. See line drawing at www.betterbin.nyc/resources.

What are the dimensions of the current bin (diameter of top opening/bottom ring, thickness of steel dimensions of the steel framing members (ribs) and the wire mesh)?

  • Top Opening Diameter – 20 1/4”

  • Top Overall Diameter – 21 1/2”

  • Horizontal Mid Ring Diameter – 17 5/8”

  • Vertical Rib thickness – the rib is “V” shaped out of 14 gauge steel .075” thick formed at a 70 degree angle (.075 x 5/8” x 5/8”)

  • Bottom Overall Ring Diameter – 18 1/4”

  • Wire Mesh – 1/2” x 13 gauge expanded metal

  • See line drawing at www.betterbin.nyc/resources.

Do you know the strength of the steel members? Does the mesh portion of the current bin add any strength to the current design?
The ribs are 14 gauge steel. The wire mesh is 13 gauge expanded metal.

Is the current bin powder coated or sprayed with an industrial coating?
The current bin is enamel baked.

Why is the current bin dark green? Can other colors be considered?
The dark green color was selected to align with the official Department of Sanitation color scheme. Other colors may be considered; light blue (metal, glass, plastic, cartons) and light green (paper and cardboard) may only be used for recycling.

What are the biggest cost drivers of the current basket?
The current basket costs $125 per unit. The price reflects the cost of production and cost of raw materials (steel).

What is cost of DSNY’s “high end” litter basket? How effective is it in preventing rats from entering the trash basket?
The silver high end baskets cost $632 per unit. Silver high end baskets have magnetized doors; if the door is left open, or the door hinge becomes damaged, the basket becomes easily accessible to rodents.

Are the current steel mesh baskets cleaned or repaired during their lifecycle? How often? Does DSNY have the resources to clean or repair baskets if they require maintenance? Is it possible to develop equipment for service employees to provide an easy cleaning up process, within the proposed budget?
DSNY wire mesh baskets are not washed or repaired. The wire mesh baskets are recycled and replaced if they become damaged enough to impact usability or safety for Sanitation Workers. The silver recycling baskets are power washed once a year in springtime with water, and repaired if cost-effective. DSNY will continue to clean or repair high end litter baskets on a limited basis. There is no requirement to develop cleaning equipment for the proposed litter basket.

When the current litter bins are identified as needing to be replaced, what is the most common issue? (ex. rust, dents)
The most common issue is damage from misuse, servicing, or vehicles. Litter baskets become damaged in the course of regular servicing, as they are hit against the truck hopper to dislodge contents that may be stuck, dropped and dragged back to the curb. This repeated action, over time leads to deformation of the mesh (“mushrooming”) and at times failures of welds (especially on the top ring of the basket).

How are the bins deployed?
Bins are removed, installed and/or replaced by Sanitation Workers. Bins are transported on a rack truck. One large rack truck can fit 40 stacks of 4 wire baskets (total 160).

What technologies are currently being utilized by DSNY with respect to refuse and recycling collection? What technologies are of interest to DSNY for future implementation?
DSNY has expanded the use of technology, including GPS equipment, to improve efficiency of refuse and recycling collection. More information on future technology initiatives is available in the Department’s Strategic Plan.

Is there interest in using electronic sensors (or other means) to monitor bins remotely for any reason?
The City is open to creative proposals that are easy to maintain and meet the maximum cost per basket at scale (20,000 units) of $175 per unit with an anticipated lifecycle of 2,500 service cycles.

Do Sanitation Workers carry mobile devices on their routes? How are these devices being utilized
Sanitation Workers do not carry mobile devices on their routes.

Is the Department considering a mechanical arm, lift or any other changes to the truck for litter basket collection? Can we modify or add a fixture to the truck?
There are no current plans for using mechanized collection for litter baskets. DSNY has previously tested mechanized collection for litter baskets, and the technology was not found to be viable due to pedestrian and traffic patterns. Submissions may not require any modifications to Department vehicles.

Can compacting be part of the solution?
The City is open to creative proposals that are easy to maintain and meet the maximum cost per basket at scale (20,000 units) of $175 per unit with an anticipated lifecycle of 2,500 service cycles.

Are there plans for sanitation vehicles to be driverless in the future?
There are no current plans for driverless Sanitation vehicles.

 

Plastic Liners

What is a "standard sized plastic bag liner”?
The proposed design should be compatible with the use of standard sized plastic bag liners for commercial waste bins, which are available in sizes of 40-45 gal, 55-60 gal, 64-65 gal, and 95-96 gal.

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When and why are plastic bag liners used? How many bins will have liners? Please share a photo of the existing litter bin with a liner.
The City currently distributes 44-45 gallon bag plastic liners to voluntary participants of the Adopt a Basket program. Program participants tie up the liner when the basket is full and leave the bag next to the litter basket for servicing. The program was designed to reduce the impact of dirty sidewalks from overflowing baskets, and make the basket faster and easier to service. Currently there are approximately 3,600 litter baskets in the program.

Are liners discouraged? Please specify whether the bins must be capable of using bin liners.
The proposed design should be compatible with the use of standard sized plastic bag liners for commercial waste bins. However, designs should not require the use of a plastic liner in order to be effective receptacles.

Is it possible for workers to only remove the trash bag and replace new bags without moving and dumping the bins on a regular basis?
Sanitation Workers currently service baskets in the City’s Adopt a Basket program by removing any bags placed next to the basket and removing the contents of the basket along with the plastic liner, which is placed by the business or individual that adopts the basket. Sanitation Workers do not currently place new plastic liners in litter baskets during servicing.

Are there any known issues with the standard liners? How do you prevent exposure to rain or snow?
There are no known issues with the current standard liners. Adopt a Basket participants are encouraged to remove liners when snow is expected.

 

Fabrication and Manufacturing

Is there a recommended manufacturing process?
There is no recommended or preferred manufacturing process.

What company will be the fabricator for the prototypes? Will there be a bid process for the fabricator for the prototypes?
There is no selected fabricator for the prototypes. Finalists may select and work with the fabricator of their choice.

Who is the current manufacturer for the green wire mesh baskets? What criteria was used to choose the manufacturer of the current basket?
The current manufacturer is Corcraft, a New York State Preferred Source organization that met the City’s needs for the present contract.

What company will be manufacturing the bins at scale?
There is no selected manufacturing vendor.

What criteria will be used to choose a manufacturing partner for the winning basket? Is there a preference for NY state based vendors for the bin manufacturing?
The City may bid the winning design through its competitive sealed bid process, in which sealed bids are publicly solicited and opened and a contract is awarded to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder. New York City is required by law to purchase commodities and services from New York State Preferred Sources first if a Preferred Source offering meets the needs for form, function, and utility.

Will it be possible to manufacture the bins outside the United States?
Bids in the competitive sealed bid process are accepted from companies based outside the United States.

Is it advisable to contact a fabricator for preliminary pricing to ensure pricing accuracy?
Competitors may contact fabricators for preliminary pricing.

 

Litter Basket Locations

Is there data available on litter basket locations by use? Is there currently a way for pedestrians to locate the nearest trash can to them in real time?
The DSNY litter basket inventory is available at NYCOpenData, which has a map function that pedestrians may use. No data is available on usage levels.

How are bin locations, service schedules and truck routes determined?
Public space litter baskets managed by DSNY are located throughout the City on corners in commercial and mixed-use areas that meet DSNY criteria for a litter basket. Bins in commercial areas may be serviced up to several times a day; bins in mixed-use areas are typically serviced on residential refuse routes along with household trash two or three times a week. Truck routes and service schedules are developed to maximize efficiency of service in accordance with labor requirements.

What are the criteria for bin placement? 
Litter baskets are placed on the building line on either side of the corner.

Can capacity vary for heavy use spots?
DSNY may place more than 1 litter basket on corners with heavy use.

Will bins be in every neighborhood or only those neighborhoods that currently have them? Can they be expanded into more neighborhoods?
There are no planned changes to bin locations as a result of this competition.

 

Competition Conditions

What is the prize?
Each Finalist will receive a $40,000 award, inclusive of prize money and fabrication funds to produce prototypes. The First Place Winner shall also be entitled to an identifying mark (company logo, team/organization name, etc) no larger than 2 inches by 2 inches on the first 10,000 litter baskets that are produced and put into service in New York City.

Can I apply for the competition as an individual designer, or as a group of individuals from different entities in a team?
Competitors may apply as individuals or individuals working as a team. Selected finalists will have to be enrolled in both the Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal (PASSPort) and the NYC Payee Information Portal (PIP), the City’s procurement systems, in order to proceed as a Finalist and receive the prize.

Is this competition open to international competitors?
Yes, BetterBin is open to international competitors.

Are CUNY employees allowed to participate in the competition?
CUNY employees are allowed to participate in the BetterBin design competition.

I designed and executed litter bins through a previous neighborhood sponsor a basket program with DSNY (funded by city council) Can I resubmit the same designs, or variations on these?
All designs must comply with the requirements set forth in the BetterBin RFP. Submissions that are being re-used from prior DSNY programs must comply with the requirements of those programs as well (e.g., any restrictions on re-using the same designs for a different purpose).

Are we able to share photos of our team working on BetterBin on social media? If so, what are your social media best practices?
Competitors may share photos on social media and are encouraged to use the hashtag #betterbinnyc.

Are the submissions confidential?
The City and the Competition Partners may use the submissions for purposes of exhibition, publication and/or other non-commercial purposes.

Does the City take exclusive ownership of the winning design? Does the City have any right to patented intellectual property?
As a condition for participating in this Competition, the Competitors agree that that upon notification that they have been selected as the First Place Winner, the ownership of all Copyrightable Materials in connection with the First Place Design shall automatically be irrevocably transferred to the City of New York. There is no exception for patented intellectual property.

 

Insurance Requirements

Is insurance coverage required for Stage 1?
Insurance coverage is not required for Stage 1. If your submission is selected as a Finalist, you will be required to obtain insurance as set forth in the RFP.

Does the insurance have to cover all members of the entering team, or can it be satisfied by one partner's insurance coverage, or by the fabricator?
Each Finalist is required to obtain insurance that covers all members of the Finalist’s team. The insurance coverage must comply with the requirements set forth in the RFP.  Please note that Commercial General Liability Insurance must also name the City (including its officials and employees) and the Competition Partners as Additional Insured.

Will there be assistance for obtaining insurance coverage?
Each Finalist will be required to obtain insurance coverage in compliance with the requirements set forth in the RFP. The City does not have a preferred or recommended insurance provider.

 

Other

Does the City plan to allow advertisements or sponsorship for the bins to generate revenue?
The City does not intend to allow advertising on the bins.

What will happen to the existing steel baskets? Will they be replaced on a rolling basis?
The City intends to continue replace and recycle existing litter baskets on their regular replacement cycle.

Can existing litter baskets be reused or reincorporated into the new design?
Existing steel baskets may be reused or reincorporated into the new design.

Is there any historical "trial and error" information that can be provided? For instance: are there materials that are known not to work?
In 1987, the Department tested a limited number of baskets designed by Sanitation Workers Michael Bimonte and Dennis Cleary. The baskets consisted of a metal frame, bolted to the sidewalk, and a polyethylene bin with a rounded bottom, to reduce the potential for theft. The design was discontinued when it became apparent that the polyethylene bin liners were very likely to catch fire from discarded cigarettes. In addition, misuse of the metal frames as bicycle parking made it impossible for the liners to fit.

The Department has also previously used heavy cement casings for plastic liners. These were found to be ineffective as the liners would often disappear, leaving mounds of litter in hard-to-clean cement casings. The casings have now been repurposed as planters, and are still in use across the City.

Other basket designs previously tested and discontinued include smaller containers attached to lamp-posts, a design with a narrow horizontal slot for paper waste that was mistaken for a mailbox, and Lively Louie—a “talking” basket voiced by Sanitation Workers who would engage with passerby.

Can you please elaborate on the scorecard and monitoring system?
The Mayor’s Office of Operations Scorecard Inspection program measures and reports on street and sidewalk cleanliness across the City’s five boroughs. Recent ratings are available here.

What are the trends in “Sidewalk Innovation” that the Department of Sanitation feels are key?
In the last few years, the City’s sidewalks have seen numerous innovations, including more pedestrian-friendly layouts, the installation of LinkNYC and CityBike, and green infrastructure such as rain gardens. The City is committed to making public spaces safe, clean, accessible and enjoyable.

Is there an opportunity to reduce / remove waste collection services and require citizens to bring their refuse to sorting centers?
New York City is not considering any reduction in waste collection services at this time.

Does a catalogue of all the different litter baskets exist? Are the images in the RFP comprehensive?
The images in the RFP do not represent a comprehensive catalog of NYC litter baskets. Designers are encouraged to do their own research.

Can you post videos from the BetterBin Open House following the event?
Video from the BetterBin Open House is now available on the resources page

Will there be additional BetterBin Open Houses?
No additional Open Houses are planned at this time.

 
 

Open House

The BetterBin Open House is an opportunity for potential competition entrants to interact with existing litter basket designs, learn more about the competition and the talk to Sanitation Workers about what it is like to service litter baskets on the streets of New York City. A video summary of the event is available on the resources page

 

Details

July 26, 2018
6:00 PM (EDT)
Spring Street Sanitation Garage
353 Spring Street, New York, NY

Program

6:00PM to 6:30PM: Registration
6:30PM to 7:00PM: Panel Q&A
7:00PM to 8:00PM: Litter Basket Show-and-Tell