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Businesses are required to recycle different materials based upon their business category:

food service establishments
other businesses
partially occupied with food or beverage services
residential generators of private carter waste

According to the NYC Commercial Recycling Law, 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).


Food or Beverage Service Establishments
(restaurants, delicatessens, bars, caterers, cafeterias, street events, etc.)

 REQUIRED TO RECYCLE

PRE-COLLECTION, SOURCE-SEPARATION REQUIREMENTS

corrugated cardboard

Keep separate from: 1) trash; 2) designated metal, glass, and plastic containers and aluminum foil products; 3) and designated construction waste

May be commingled with: bulk metal

bulk metal

Keep separate from: 1) trash and 2) construction waste

May be commingled either with: 1) corrugated cardboard OR 2) designated metal, glass, and plastic containers and aluminum foil products

metal cans, aluminum foil products, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and jugs
(includes materials generated from customers)

Keep separate from: 1) trash, 2) corrugated cardboard, and 3) construction waste

May be commingled with: other metal, glass, and plastic materials

Place out for collection in clear bags (unless collected in a vehicle compartment that only has other metal, glass and plastic materials).

construction waste
excludes plaster, wall coverings, drywall, roofing shingles, wood and lumber, and glass window panes

May only be comminged with: other construction waste

ALSO SEE: nyc business disposal guidelines, nyc business recycling, info for businesses, frequently asked questions by nyc businesses; bottle and can recycling

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Other Businesses
(offices, retail stores, supermarkets, manufacturers, etc.)

 REQUIRED TO RECYCLE

PRE-COLLECTION, SOURCE-SEPARATION REQUIREMENTS

high grade office paper, newspaper, magazines, catalogs, phone books
(includes materials generated from customers)

Keep separate from: 1) trash and 2) designated construction waste

May be commingled with: 1) designated and non-designated paper, 2) wood materials, 4) textiles, and 5) bulk metal

corrugated cardboard

Keep separate from: 1) trash and 2) designated construction waste

May be commingled with: 1) designated and non-designated paper, 2) wood materials, 3) textiles, and 2) bulk metal

textiles
(if more than 10% of waste stream)

Keep separate from: 1) trash and 2) designated construction waste

May be commingled with: 1) designated and non-designated paper, 2) wood materials, and 3) bulk metal

bulk metal

Keep separate from: construction waste

May be commingled either with: 1) designated paper materials and textiles OR 2) non-designated materials

construction waste
excludes plaster, wall coverings, drywall, roofing shingles, wood and lumber, and glass window panes

May only be comminged with: other construction waste

ALSO SEE: nyc business disposal guidelines, nyc business recycling, info for businesses, frequently asked questions by nyc businesses; bottle and can recycling

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Locations Partially Occupied with Food or Beverage Services

The following rules apply if only part of a location serves food or beverages (such as a cafeteria in an office building or a restaurant within a hotel):

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Residential Generators of Private Carter-Collected Waste

In general, all NYC residential buildings are entitled to Sanitation collectionleaving NYCWasteLess  Exceptions include: residential buildings where owners have chosen private carter service, the building is still under development and hasn't yet received a certificate of occupancy, or the area in which the building resides is undergoing zoning changes which have not been finalized. 

 REQUIRED TO RECYCLE

PRE-COLLECTION, SOURCE-SEPARATION REQUIREMENTS

newspaper, magazines, catalogs, phone books, corrugated cardboard

Keep separate from: 1) trash; 2) designated metal, glass, and plastic containers and aluminum foil products; and 3) construction waste

May be commingled with: 1) corrugated cardboard, 2) textiles, and 3) bulk metal

bulk metal

Keep separate from: construction waste

May be commingled either with: 1) designated metal, glass, and plastic containers and aluminum foil products; and 2) designated paper materials OR 3) non-designated materials

metal cans, aluminum foil products, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and jugs

Keep separate from: 1) trash, 2) designated paper materials, 3) textiles, and 4) construction waste

May be commingled with: other metal, glass, and plastic materials

Place out for collection in clear bags (unless collected in a vehicle compartment that only has other metal, glass and plastic materials)

construction waste
excludes plaster, wall coverings, drywall, roofing shingles, wood and lumber, and glass window panes

May only be comminged with: other construction waste

ALSO SEE: nyc business disposal guidelines, nyc business recycling, info for businesses, info for residents, request DSNY collection services leaving NYCWasteLess


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