Trashy snowplows


As we had about a foot or so of snow falling down on Brooklyn, I’ve been enjoying studying how my new home city deals with snow. First impression, not surprising, is that it melts away, seemingly before it has time to shift from white to exhaust pipe brown. Second impression, a tad more surprising, is that the necessary remowal of snow from streets is being carried out by trash trucks. Three questions pop up in my head:

  1. Why?
  2. What are refuse collectors going to use to collect trash while there’s snow on our streets?
  3. What happens to the system of picking up trash bags from the pavement when the pavements of our streets are covered in three feet of plowed snow?
Snowplow truck pictogram, by Kriss Szkurlatowski

Snowplow truck pictogram, by Kriss Szkurlatowski

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3 Responses to “Trashy snowplows”

  1. Leila Darabi Says:

    I think the reason DSNY is in charge of snow clearing is because of truck maintenance. They are the city dept in charge of keeping all those trash trucks in circulation so adding plowing and salt spreading to their duties made sense. What happens to trash collection when trucks are busy with snow is a good question. I will email Bill, the man in charge of the trucks and find out 🙂

  2. Leila Darabi Says:

    PS I am jealous to be missing the snowstorm back home.

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