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Kathryn Garcia Tapped To Head Department Of Sanitation

NYC Department of Sanitation plows are ready to roll, Dec. 10, 2013. (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

NYC Department of Sanitation plows are ready to roll, Dec. 10, 2013. (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill De Blasio has appointed Kathryn Garcia as the city’s next Sanitation Commissioner.

Garcia will be responsible for keeping the streets safe and clean, and running a more sustainable city, the Mayor’s office said on Saturday.

Garcia currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. She told 1010 WINS reporter Carol D’Auria that she plans to turn New York’s focus towards composting.

“They’re going to be required to provide their organic waste separately,” she said.

Mayor Bill De Blasio said that change will be good for the environment and good for taxpayers.

“Cities around the country, I think San Francisco and Portland, Oregon are already well down the road in this process so we have great examples that we can learn from,” the mayor said.

Garcia will take over as commissioner of April 1.

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