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

662M   12.5M   1.15M   171K   70K
lbs of recyclables collected
this year
  lbs of organics collected
this year
  lbs of clothing collected by
re-fashioNYC this year
  lbs of electronics collected by
this year
  annual San Worker pay after 5.5 years

*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

87M lbs

38M lbs

49M lbs

February, 2014

71M lbs

31M lbs

40M lbs

March, 2014

85M lbs

37M lbs

48M lbs

April, 2014 73M lbs 31M lbs 42M lbs
May, 2014 90M lbs 39M lbs 52M lbs
June, 2014 91M lbs 38M lbs 53M lbs
81M lbs 36M lbs 45M lbs

August, 2014

84M lbs

37M lbs

47M lbs

Total, 2014

662M lbs

287M lbs

375M 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
Total, 2014 1.15M lbs 171K lbs

Organics (total) Organics (drop-off)* Organics (curbside)
January, 2014 3.7M lbs 172K lbs 3.5M lbs
February, 2014 662K lbs 187K lbs 475K lbs
March, 2014 1M lbs 210K lbs 865K lbs
April, 2014 1M lbs 352K lbs 664K lbs
May, 2014 1.6M lbs 263K lbs 1.3M lbs
June, 2014 1.6M lbs 217K lbs 1.4M lbs
July, 2014 1.3M lbs 257K lbs 1.2M lbs
August, 2014 1.4M lbs 291K lbs 1.2M lbs
Total, 2014 12.5M lbs
1.9M lbs 10.6M 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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