Sanitation | Downtown Alliance


The Downtown's Alliance's Sanitation staff works tirelessly to keep Lower Manhattan clean, beautiful, and graffiti-free. Every day, we service over 500 trash and recycling receptacles, consisting of traditional wire-mesh cans and our newly implemented solar powered BigBelly units.

We manually and machine-sweep the streets and sidewalks to remove litter and dirt. Late at night, we use a high-pressure power washer equipped with environmentally safe cleaning materials to make sure there's no buildup of grime, grease and gum.   

"BigBelly" Solar Powered Compactors & Recyclers

In 2013, the Downtown Alliance deployed "BigBelly" solar powered trash compactors and accompanying recycling receptacles throughout our district. These compactors dramatically cut down on the number of trash bags placed along the district's narrow public sidewalks awaiting pick-up from the City. To date, we operate and maintain over 340 of these units.

Streetscape Maintenance
The Downtown Alliance monitors and maintains a variety of street furniture along the Broadway Corridor, street signs, and bollards.
To keep crosswalks clear for pedestrian use, we link sidewalk news boxes together and position them at a safe distance from intersections.

Our crews regularly remove stickers and illegal advertisements on light poles and other street furniture, in addition to seasonally repainting these elements to keep them looking fresh and clean. 

A Graffiti-Free Neighborhood

We're proud that our efforts have made Lower Manhattan 100% graffiti-free. Downtown Alliance crews use high-tech equipment, such as our state-of-the-art power washer, to combat grime. Always on the lookout for graffiti, we welcome alerts from building owners and area merchants. Once alerted, we'll head to the trouble spots promptly to remove graffiti. To report graffiti, e-mail

Snow Removal

Following snowfall, we clear bus stops, fire hydrants, all corner caps, plaza surfaces, sidewalks, and crosswalks of snow to create a clear and accessible pathway. In addition to coordinating with the Department of Sanitation, our crews take into account pedestrian traffic and the entrance/egress of public transportation nodes as a guideline for street prioritization.

Storm Preparation & Response
When a potential storm or hurricane approaches, we coordinate closely with the Department of Sanitation, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Department of Trasportation for an effective response.
Prior to the storm, we re-arrange our work schedules and increase personnel to perform a pre-storm cleaning, remove and relocate any wire-mesh trash cans, secure outdoor tables and chairs, and ensure all our vehicles and equipment are fueled and ready for a prompt response.

When the storm passes, our crews are quick to identify and assist the City in re-mediating any unsafe conditions, and perform a thorough cleaning and clearing of debris to get the district back to "business as usual" in a timely manner.