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

974M   20M   1.7M   257K   1.4M
lbs of recyclables collected
through 11/14
  lbs of organics collected
through 11/14
  lbs of clothing collected by
re-fashioNYC through 11/14
  lbs of electronics collected by
through 11/14

recycling decals, signs, and brochures distributed in NYC through 11/14

*see details

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

91M lbs

40M lbs

51M lbs

February, 2014

71M lbs

31M lbs

40M lbs

March, 2014

88M lbs

38M lbs

50M lbs

April, 2014 95M lbs 41M lbs 54M lbs
May, 2014 94M lbs 40M lbs 54M lbs
June, 2014 99M lbs 42M lbs 58M lbs
91M lbs 40M lbs 51M lbs

August, 2014

87M lbs

38M lbs

49M lbs

September, 2014

 89M lbs

38M lbs

51M lbs

October, 2014

92M lbs

39M lbs

53M lbs

November, 2014

76M lbs

32M lbs

44M lbs

Total, 2014

974M lbs

419M lbs

544M lbs

Textiles: re-fashioNYC Electronics: e-cycleNYC
January, 2014 144K lbs 12K lbs
February, 2014 105K lbs 15K lbs
March, 2014 119K lbs 13K lbs
April, 2014 137K lbs 20K lbs
May, 2014 157K lbs 30K lbs
June, 2014 161K lbs 25K lbs
July, 2014 163K lbs 25K lbs
August, 2014 167K lbs 31K lbs
September, 2014 195K lbs 26K lbs
October, 2014 224K lbs 34K lbs
November, 2014 172K lbs 27K lbs
Total, 2014 1.7M lbs 257K lbs

Organics (total) Organics (drop-off)* Organics (curbside)
January, 2014 3.8M lbs 172K lbs 3.6M lbs
February, 2014 662K lbs 187K lbs 475K lbs
March, 2014 1.1M lbs 210K lbs 900K lbs
April, 2014 1.2M lbs 352K lbs 863K lbs
May, 2014 1.6M lbs 263K lbs 1.4M lbs
June, 2014 1.8M lbs 217K lbs 1.6M lbs
July, 2014 1.6M lbs 257K lbs 1.3M lbs
August, 2014 1.5M lbs 291K lbs 1.2M lbs
September, 2014 1.7M lbs 254K lbs 1.5M lbs
October, 2014 2.5M lbs 265K lbs 2.3M lbs
November, 2014 2.5M lbs 268K lbs 2.2M lbs
Total, 2014

20M lbs

2.7M lbs 17.2M lbs
* Some of the food waste dropped off is included in Organics (curbside) instead of Organics (drop-off)

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