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NYC composting rollout delayed by de Blasio vax mandate

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Mayor Bill de Blasio insists that city services will not be cut due to the expected labor shortage caused by his vaccine mandate for city workers — but the Sanitation Department has already canceled curbside composting in some parts of the city.

“Yes. The answer is yes, yes, yes,” de Blasio said Thursday when asked by The Post if could he guarantee there would be no cuts to city services because of a mandate-induced workforce crunch.

But later that day, Sanitation posted a notice on its website that: “The start of Curbside Composting in Brooklyn Community Board 7, Manhattan Community Board 6, and Manhattan Community Board 7 is postponed until further notice.”

Two sources confirmed that the composting rollout in those two districts — which cover Midtown and the Upper West Side — was, indeed, cut due to fears of a possible staffing crunch come Monday.

“The delay is due to the need to focus on normal trash delivery due lack of resources because of the new mandate,” said one.

The local councilman agreed with that assessment.

NYC's COVID-19 vaccine mandate rolled out on Friday.
NYC’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate rolled out on Friday.
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“It appears that the delay is due to the need to focus on normal trash delivery due lack of resources because of the new mandate,” said Councilman Keith Powers (D-Manhattan), who represents that swath of Midtown.

A spokesman for DSNY confirmed the program’s rollout in those two districts has been delayed, but repeatedly declined to comment on why.

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