What To Recycle with NYC Department of Sanitation
Recycling is the law in NYC. All NYC residents, government agencies, schools, and institutions serviced by NYC Department of Sanitation recycle the same materials.
Recyclables are collected in two separate streams:
- paper & cardboard
- metal (all kinds), glass (bottles & jars), plastic (rigid plastics) & cartons (for food and beverages)
What Paper & Cardboard to Recycle with Sanitation
Paper: newspapers, magazines, catalogs, white and colored paper (lined, copier, computer, staples OK), mail and envelopes (any color, window envelopes OK), paper bags, wrapping paper
Cardboard: soft-cover books, telephone books (paperbacks, comics, etc.; no spiral bindings), cardboard egg cartons and trays, smooth cardboard (food and shoes boxes, tubes, file folders, cardboard from product packaging), corrugated cardboard boxes (flattened and tied)
What Metal, Glass, Plastic & Cartons to Recycle with Sanitation
Metal: metal cans (soup, pet food, empty aerosol cans, dried-out paint cans, etc.), aluminum foil wrap & trays, metal caps & lids, household metal (wire hangers, pots, tools, curtain rods, knives, small appliances that are mostly metal, certain vehicle license plates, etc.), bulk metal (large metal items, such as furniture, cabinets, large appliances, etc.)
Glass: bottles & jars only
Plastic: plastic bottles, jugs & jars, rigid plastic caps & lids, rigid plastic food containers (yogurt, deli, hummus, dairy tubs, cookie tray inserts, "clamshell" containers, other plastic take-out containers), rigid plastic non-food containers, rigid plastic packaging ("blister-pak" and "clamshell" consumer packaging, acetate boxes), rigid plastic housewares (flower pots, mixing bowls, plastic appliances, etc.), bulk rigid plastic (crates, buckets, pails, furniture, large toys, large appliances, etc.)
Cartons: food & beverage cartons & drink boxes (or any such cartons and aseptic packaging that hold beverages and food: ice tea, soy milk, soup, etc.)
How To Set Out Recyclables
If you live in an apartment, ask your building super.
If you live in a house, please note that DSNY does not provide recycling bins or bags; these can be purchased from supermarkets, hardware, or home improvement stores.
Request free decals to label recycling containers online or by calling 311.
Note: Existing decals can still be used to label recycling containers even if they don't show the additional plastics that can be recycled.
Place paper in CLEAR bags or in any bin labeled PAPER RECYCLING or with green recycling decals. Flatten and bundle corrugated cardboard, or break boxes down and place in recycling bin or bag.
Empty and rinse food and beverage containers before recycling (this helps to control pests). Place all recyclable metal, glass, plastic, and cartons together in CLEAR bags, or in any bin labeled METAL, GLASS & PLASTIC or with blue recycling decals.
When To Recycle
To find out your recycling day, call 311 or use the collection schedule feature on www.nyc.gov/sanitation.