The New York tradition of piling trash bags on the curb for pickup is becoming history after yesterday that all 200,000 businesses in the Big Apple are required to place their trash bags in the trash cans, as municipalities across the country have long done and around the world, the Associated Press reported.

The requirement is the next stage in the city's efforts to curb what Mayor Eric Adams' administration calls a "24-hour rat buffet" of trash on sidewalks. 

In August, the city began requiring restaurants, convenience stores and bars to use sturdy trash cans with secure lids, and the following month expanded that requirement to include chain stores.

Every city business must now comply.

In the fall, this requirement will also be introduced for residential buildings with nine or fewer units.

The removal of the piles of rubbish piled up in front of the larger residential buildings is still a work in progress.

Starting in the spring of 2025, all buildings in several Manhattan neighborhoods will be required to use outdoor receptacles as part of a pilot project.

Last month, Adams announced that the city will eventually roll out trucks that can lift and empty the large street containers that will be needed to collect all the waste from high-traffic buildings.

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While common in other cities, they will be something new to New Yorkers used to the sight of sanitation workers manually disposing of the bags. 

According to Adams, who has put the city's rodent control in the center of his attention, commercial waste makes up almost half of the millions of kilograms of waste collected by the city every day, writes BTA.

The city authorities will send warnings to the companies in the first month of the new norms coming into force, and in April they will start issuing fine slips.

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