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Organics Collection for Private Schools

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eligibility
how to participate
what goes in the organics bin
recycling
collection schedule 
educational materials
more resources

ALSO SEE:
pilot areas
bin specs
bag specs
videos


Eligibility

Private schools may be eligible for DSNY organics collection if the school meets all four of the following criteria:

  1. The school is in a current organics collection pilot area
  2. The school currently receives DSNY collection of refuse and recycling
  3. The school is not-for-profit
  4. The school does not utilize a private food service vendor

If you have determined that your school fulfills these criteria, please express your interest for participating in NYC Organics Collection using the inquiry form. 

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How to Participate

Private schools generally follow the same guidelines as public schools, except:

  1. Private schools are not permitted to use regular plastic bags to line the bin. Bags must be DSNY-approved compostable liners or other approved alternatives.
  2. Private schools purchase their own bins, bags and supplies.
  3. The process for delegating responsibility amongst staff and students may differ.

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What Goes in the Organics Bin

Please see materials acceptable for organics collection. In addition to these materials, schools can also place plant-based compostable trays in the organics collection bin. Do not put foam trays in the organics bin; they belong in the trash.

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Recycling

School waste is comprised mostly of paper and cardboard and organics. By adding organics collection to regular collection of paper and cardboard recycling and metal/glass/plastic recycling, schools have the opportunity to divert the vast majority of waste generated (up to 80% by weight)! This responsible and comprehensive resource recovery. For recycling guidelines, visit recycling in schools.

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Collection Schedule

Collection days and times differ depending on material type, so please pay careful attention to your school's collection schedule. The chart below outlines general collection guidelines for private schools in the Organics Collection program.

Material Type

Instructions

Collection Day

Organics

Set out by 4 PM
on collection day
in latched organics bins

 Monday-Friday

Paper/Cardboard

Set out by 4 PM
on collection day
in clear bags or bundles

 Monday-Friday

Metal/Glass/
Plastic/Cartons

Set out after 5PM
 on day before
in clear bags

Unique to your building
Look it up
Enter your building address
under "Collection Schedule"

Trash

Set out after 5PM
 on day before
in clear bags

Unique to your building
Look it up
Enter your building address
under "Collection Schedule"

During holiday weeks, DSNY provides alternative service. Please reference the holiday collection schedule (PDF).

 


Educational Materials

Private schools can adapt many of the public school educational materials for use in educating staff and students. Be sure to check out the video.

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More Resources

GrowNYC

GrowNYC is a hands-on education nonprofit in close partnership with DSNY and NYC DOE. See the GrowNYC  website for resources about the school organics collection program. GrowNYC is also available to help schools conduct outreach and education on organics collection and regular recycling.

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