What Is the Purpose of a Sanitation Department?

The sanitation department is a local part of the government that is responsible for collecting and disposing of garbage. Many sanitation departments have additional responsibilities, such as the New Orleans Department of Sanitation, which takes care of recycling and street cleaning.

The New Orleans Department of Sanitation is also responsible for the registration of new garbage and recycling cans and for meeting local, state and federal regulations on solid waste disposal.

Some departments of sanitation, such as the New York Department of Sanitation, have their own police forces. The New York Department of Sanitation has four branches of police, including a Uniformed Sanitation Police Force, illegal dumping task force, Permit and Inspection Unit and Environmental Police Unit.