Place mixed paper, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and phone books out for recycling collection using any one of the following methods: Tie with twine into bundles no taller than 18 inches Place in clear, untainted plastic bags between 13 and 55 gallons Place in bins 32 gallons or fewer with green labels on both sides and the lid.
Corrugated cardboard must be flattened and tied with sturdy twine into bundles 18 inches tall or smaller. Bundles must not be placed in containers or clear bags unless broken into small pieces.
In buildings with mechanized collection, cardboard must be collapsed and placed into designated dumpsters. Place plastic items in clear, untainted bags or blue-labeled recycling bins with a tight-fitting lid.
Clear, untainted bags must be between 13 and 55 gallons in size and weigh no more than 60 pounds when placed out for collection. To dispose of a plastic recycling or trash container, all receptacles should be clearly labeled as trash and put at the curb on the proper recycling collection day so that the Department of Sanitation will know that they should be collected.
Place metal items in clear, untainted bags or blue-labeled recycling bins with a tight-fitting lid. Clear, untainted bags must be between 13 and 55 gallons in size and weigh no more than 60 pounds when placed out for collection.
Large metal items, such as appliances, must be placed at curbside next to the recycling container. To dispose of a metal recycling or trash container, all receptacles should be clearly labeled as refuse and put at the curb on the proper recycling collection day so that the Department of Sanitation will know that they should be collected.
You can put fire extinguishers and helium tanks out for collection or take them back to where you bought them. Sanitation does not collect used compressed gas tanks such as propane, oxygen, and acetylene because they can explode in the garbage truck.
Place glass in clear, untainted bags or blue-labeled recycling bins secured with a tight-fitting lid. Clear, untainted bags must be between 13 and 55 gallons in size and weigh no more than 60 pounds when placed out for collection.
Small containers of broken glass may be placed directly into a trash can or bag. Larger, properly sealed, and labeled cardboard boxes that contain broken glass can be placed out for collection next to regular refuse containers/bags.
You can order a variety of residential recycling signs, stickers, and decals. Outdoor recycling bins must have stickers on both sides and the lid so collection workers can identify them.
You can't remove items, materials, or bags that other residents have placed out for Sanitation pickup. This is part of our series, Curious, where we answer your questions about the city.
Tweet or Facebook Message your queries to us at @amNewYork, with #Curious. New York City has a lot of rules when it comes to recycling, and it can be hard to keep up.
No, you can leave caps and lids on, but you should rinse the bottles out before recycling them. Before you get rid of larger appliances, including refrigerators and air conditioners, you must set up an appointment with the Department of Sanitation so that the CFC, or Freon, gas can be removed.
For refrigerators and freezers, the locking device or hinges must be removed before placing it outside to be picked up. They can also be taken to a SAFE Disposal Event or Household Special Waste Drop-Off Site.
What to do with harmful household items Harmful products, including pesticides, strong cleaners, paints, automotive fluids and medications, should be taken to a SAFE Disposal Events or Household Special Waste Drop-Off Site. What to do with light bulbs Compact fluorescent light bulbs should be returned to the retailer or taken to a SAFE Disposal Event or Household Special Waste Drop-Off Site.
The Department of Sanitation recommends double bagging them before throwing them away. Smoke detectors contain small amounts of radioactive material.
They should not be thrown in the trash and should be returned to the manufacturer or taken to the Department of Sanitation “Safe Disposal Events.” Some companies including MAC and Kiel’s will give you free products for returning a certain number of empty containers.
All empty metal, glass, or rigid plastic cosmetic containers should be recycled. Retailers with more than 10,000 square feet or those part of a chain with more than five stores that are more than 5,000 square feet must provide bins for collected used plastic bags, under state law.
City is a proud sponsor of the 20 in '20, a list that spotlights up-and-coming leaders striving for change with one common goal: to make things better for all of us. But you don’t have to go completely off the grid to make a difference: NYC happens to have an incredibly comprehensive recycling program.
Foil That aluminum wrap that came with your Seamless order can be rinsed off and thrown in with metal and glass. Glass Bottles and jars that are still intact, with lids, can go in blue bins.
You can also donate it to a good cause, dispose of it properly with other electronics or ship it back to Apple. Almost everything (including catalogs) can get thrown in the mixed paper (green) bin.
K-Cups Don’t trash your coffee pods: Rinse them and toss them in the blue bin with other rigid plastics. Alternately, many manufacturers (like Keurig and Nespresso) offer take-back programs for offices.
Flushing certain medications is damaging to the water supply, so instead follow a specific procedure (it involves coffee grounds or kitty litter). Shopping Bags By now, you don’t need us to tell you that reusable canvas totes are your friend (and, you know, the Earth’s).
But if you happen to have a drawer full of delivery and Duane Read bags (not to mention dry-cleaning plastic, shrink-wrap and Ziploc's), you can take them to most major chains that give out bags (like Target, Rite Aid and most grocery stores). Any apartment building with ten or more units (or any office) can request a free collection service.
Composting is actually super easy: Any food scraps (plus flowers and houseplants) are fair game. That includes things like takeout leftovers, coffee grounds, eggshells and banana peels.
Small twigs are compostable, but if you live in Brooklyn or Queens, large branches and firewood need to go through the NYC Parks Department (due to, of all things, a beetle infestation). Wood that’s been treated (meaning furniture) should be donated if in decent condition, otherwise it can be set out for trash collection.