TRD Insights: Tracking the Covid migration through trash collection

Activity picked up in May; Manhattan sees steepest declines from a year ago

New York Insights /
Jun.June 12, 2020 02:30 PM
(iStock)

(iStock)

As the first wave of the coronavirus receded in May, citywide trash and recycling collection rebounded from its dip in April and matched its level from a year ago, suggesting that residents who decamped from the city to ride out the pandemic are slowly coming back.

Sanitation workers picked up 283,249 tons of refuse, recycling and organic waste in May, up 13 percent from April and unchanged from its level in May 2019. All told, trash collections increased from the previous month in 58 of 59 community districts and increased from last year in 36 of them.

Wealthier areas in Manhattan and Brooklyn tended to see lower trash collection than in May last year. Trash experts interviewed by nonprofit news outlet The City concluded that residents in these wealthier districts had fled to summer homes while residents in poorer districts stayed home.

Nine of the 10 neighborhoods that saw the biggest annual declines in May trash collection were in Manhattan.

May trash collection declined from last year most severely in Manhattan Community District 2, which includes Greenwich Village, Hudson Square, Little Italy, NoHo, SoHo, South Village and the West Village. Tonnage collected in May increased 8 percent from April but was still 30 percent below its level in May 2019.

Not one of the 10 districts that saw the largest annual gains in trash collection was in Manhattan. Seven were in the Bronx and the other three were in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. May trash collection jumped 13 percent from last year in Bronx Community District 1, which includes Melrose, Mott Haven, Port Morris in the South Bronx. That was the biggest gain in any community district examined by The Real Deal.

This data on trash collection mirrors earlier data scraped by AirDNA which showed that Airbnb booking revenue tanked in Manhattan but surged in places such as Riverhead and Westhampton Beach as the coronavirus pandemic battered New York City.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
In the pandemic-stricken residential market, real estate agents are working with influencers to help expand their audiences (iStock; Instagram/huntervought; Instagram/homesteadbrooklyn)

Real estate agents turn to influencers to help sell a lifestyle — and apartments

Real estate agents turn to influencers to help sell a lifestyle — and apartments
Extended Stay America CEO Bruce Haase (Extended Stay, HomeWell Francising)

Extended Stay America weathering pandemic better than rivals

Extended Stay America weathering pandemic better than rivals
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Getty, iStock)

Cuomo to ease requirements for rent relief

Cuomo to ease requirements for rent relief
A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit from a group of New York landlords that sought to challenge pandemic protections for tenants. (iStock)

Landlords lose challenge against pandemic renter protections

Landlords lose challenge against pandemic renter protections
Foot traffic in Union Square, the Flatiron District and Chelsea is down by 50% from February. (Getty)

Foot traffic remains low in prime Manhattan neighborhoods

Foot traffic remains low in prime Manhattan neighborhoods
About 25 percent of employees had returned to work as of Nov. 18 (Getty; iStock)

Offices remain empty, and big cities are feeling the crunch

Offices remain empty, and big cities are feeling the crunch
Issuance of single-asset/single-borrower (SASB) loans is likely to increase in 2021. Major assets like One Manhattan West, Hudson Pacific’s Hollywood studio portfolio, and the MGM Grand & Mandalay Bay were financed with SASB deals this year. (Photos via SOM, Shimahara Illustration, and iStock)

Here’s what 2021 has in store for the CMBS market

Here’s what 2021 has in store for the CMBS market
Singapore (iStock)

Singapore luxury market rebounds despite fewer foreign buyers

Singapore luxury market rebounds despite fewer foreign buyers
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...