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16 May 2018

Sanitation Department competition to help redesign metal trash cans

It’s time to build a better trash can for New York City.

The Sanitation Department plans to host a competition to aid in its search for ideas to upgrade their corner wastebaskets — those familiar metal mesh stalwarts of the city’s landscape.

“We have not changed the design of our corner litter baskets since the 1930s,” Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said earlier this week during a talk at the annual NYCxDesign conference in Times Square. “There might be some opportunities for some creativity.”

There are more than 23,000 litter baskets throughout the five boroughs. Not all are the traditional wire mesh design — some feature a more visually-pleasing, covered design sponsored by business improvement districts, lawmakers and others.

Garcia said more details about the competition will be released in the coming weeks, and that it will be open to the general public as well as design firms.