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Packaging of Materials

Household Non-Recyclables 
Refuse must be put into leak-proof receptacles with tightly fitting lids or in securely tied heavy duty opaque (e.g., black/brown bag, etc.) plastic bags. (Note: Do not use blue, red or clear bags for regular refuse.) Garbage receptacles (including dumpsters) must be covered at all times with securely fitting covers/lids.

See info on how to dispose of bulk items.
Also, see info on the fall leaf composting collection.

Paper Recyclables 

Place mixed paper -- including any paper, junk mail, envelopes, newspapers, smooth cardboard, magazines, catalogs, soft cover books, and phone books -- in clear bags, or green-labeled recycling containers. 

Flatten and tie corrugated cardboard with sturdy twine, or break into small pieces before placing in clear plastic bag along with mixed paper. Cardboard boxes cannot be used as receptacles for garbage or recyclables.

For complete information on what and how to recycle in New York City, go to NYCWasteLess.


Metal/Glass/Plastic Recyclables 
Rinse and place metal (all kinds), glass (bottles & jars), plastic (rigid plastics) & cartons (for food and beverages) in clear bags, or blue-labeled recycling containers.

For complete information on what and how to recycle in New York City, go to NYCWasteLess.

See information on bulk collection.