The Recycling Program, which started in November 1986, is an integral part of the Department’s overall operation. The primary goal of the Department’s recycling collection operations is to reduce the amount of waste that must be exported. The Department’s recycling collection operation consists of several programs: curbside collection, containerized collection, school night truck collections, bulk metal recycling, tire disposal, special waste sites, leaf and Christmas tree collection, and chlorofluorocarbon (C.F.C.) evacuation.
The Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling (BWPRR) focusses on encouraging New Yorkers to reduce waste, reuse goods whenever possible, and recycle. BWPRR is also responsible for marketing recyclables and educating the general public about recycling, composting, and waste prevention.
Efforts include composting the City's organic waste and offering compost education through the NYC Compost Project in partnership with the City's botanical gardens.
See how to prepare recyclables for DSNY collection
Find complete information about recycling in NYC on NYCRecycles.
Learn how to reduce waste at home, school, in agencies, and in businesses on NYCRecycles.
Visit NYC Stuff Exchange, a quick and simple online tool to find out where to donate, buy, or sell gently used goods in New York City.
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