Data from the Sanitation Department on residential garbage pickups show that the Upper West Side is producing much less garbage than it does in an average month — likely because many residents have left town amid the pandemic.
The latest data, compiled by The City news site using Sanitation Department data, shows that garbage trucks picked up 24% less garbage on the UWS in April as measured by the weight of the garbage. On the Upper East Side, there was a 28% drop as compared to the prior year.
“All but a dozen of the city’s 59 community districts saw declines in refuse, recycling and organic waste collected this April versus last — topped by a 32% plunge for Greenwich Village and SoHo,” The City reported.
March data had shown smaller declines.
A map showing the changes is below. From the map, it looks like nearly all of the city except for Staten Island is throwing out less.