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Recycling by the Numbers
NYC Department of Sanitation
Refuse and Recycling Statistics

164M   4.2M   250K   26K   670K
lbs of recyclables collected
this year
  lbs of organics collected
this year
  lbs of clothing collected by
this year
  lbs of electronics collected by
this year
  lbs collected at last year's
SAFE Disposal Events

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Annual, Monthly, and Quarterly Reports 

Reports providing information on recycling and refuse tonnages for New York City.

Definition of Diversion and Capture Rates

What these terms mean and how they relate to the goals set in Local Law 40 of 2010.

How DSNY Refuse and Recycling Statistics are Compiled

How the information presented relates to DSNY operations.

What the Statistics Can’t and Don’t Show

Limitations to the statistics DSNY can provide.

Recycling Composition Calculator 

Find out how DSNY recycling collections break down into paper, metal, plastic and glass components.   

Numbers Explained


Recyclables (total)

Recyclables (metal, glass, plastic & cartons)

Recyclables (paper & cardboard)

January, 2014

87M lbs

38M lbs

49M lbs

February, 2014

77M lbs

31M lbs

45M lbs

Total, 2014

164M lbs

70M lbs

94M lbs

Textiles: re-fashioNYC Electronics: e-cycleNYC
January, 2014 144K lbs 12K lbs
February, 2014 105K lbs 15K lbs
Total, 2014 250K lbs 26K lbs

Organics (total) Organics (drop-off) Organics (curbside)
January, 2014 3.6M lbs 76K lbs 3.5M lbs
February, 2014 660K lbs 120K lbs 540K lbs
Total, 2014 4.2M lbs 196K lbs 4M lbs

Mayor’s Management Report leaving NYCWasteLess
Citywide Performance Reports leaving NYCWasteLess
NYC Neighborhood Recycling Statistics

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