Businesses are required to provide recycling containers for their employees,
and to separate designated materials. For more information, see recycling requirements for NYC
Usually the building management makes arrangements with a private
carter for removal of recycling and waste for the entire building. Some private
carters assert they are separating materials for recycling after
collection. According to the NYC Commercial Recycling Law, however, all businesses are
required to source separate their recycling, which means no mixing of trash and
recyclables and "sorting it out afterwards" (sometimes referred to as
post-collection separation of recyclables).
Check with the building management to find out if their carter is
recycling; otherwise the building must find a different carter or private
recycler. Sometimes individual tenants hire their own recyclers.
guidelines for more info.
Regardless of your building's recycling arrangements, every NYC company
is required by law to maintain separate labeled recycling bins for paper. This
increases the amount of paper that is captured in any system. Food service
establishments must also recycle bottles, cans, and foil. See what to recycle for NYC
businesses for more info.
If you need help setting up recycling in your company, you can
seek assistance from various recycling
If you don’t believe that a particular commercial building, food service
establishment, or company is recycling, call the NYC Citizens’ Service Center at
311 or report
a commercial recycling violation on the Sanitation
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