Collection Laws for Residents

Residential property owners are responsible for making sure all waste for their building – including trash, recycling, and composting (food scraps and yard waste) – is set out correctly for collection.

Fines may be issued for each violation, and the amount may increase with each additional violation issued within a 12-month period.

Setout

Place waste out after 6:00 PM in a bin of 55 gallons or less with a secure lid, or after 8:00 PM, if putting bags directly on the curb.

If you set your waste out incorrectly or at the wrong time, or on the wrong days, you may be fined.

Enforcement

  • $50 for the first offense
  • $100 for the second offense
  • $200 for the third and subsequent offenses

Bins

You must use bins that are in relatively good condition to set out your waste. Bins must be 55 gallons or less with a secure lid.

Make sure you have enough bins to contain all your waste. Do not overload your bin – you must be able to securely close the lid.

If you use a bin that is broken or if waste spills out of your container, you may be fined.

Do not use cardboard boxes as bins to set out paper/cardboard for recycling. Recycling bins must be clearly labeled, and recycling may only be set out in CLEAR bags. You may be fined if you do not set out your recycling correctly.

Enforcement

  • $50 for the first offense
  • $100 for the second offense
  • $200 for the third and subsequent offenses

Separation

ALL NYC residents and businesses are required to recycle.

If you do not separate your recyclables and composting from trash, or if you do not properly separate and set out recyclables correctly, you may receive a fine.

Metal, Glass, Plastic, and Cartons

Metal, glass jars and bottles, rigid plastics, and cartons must be separated from household trash and set out together in labeled containers with secure lids or in clear plastic bags.

Mixed Paper and Cardboard

Mixed paper and cardboard must be separated from household trash and set out together in labeled bins with a secure lids or clear plastic bags. Cardboard can also be bundled (flattened and tied with twine) and set out next to bins or bags. DO NOT use cardboard boxes as bins

Leaf and Yard Waste and Food Scraps

If you have Curbside Composting service, leaf and yard waste, food scraps, and food-soiled paper should be set out at the curb inside a labeled bin (55 gallons or less) with a secure lid or in your DSNY brown compost bin.

Extra leaf and yard waste can be put in a paper lawn and leaf bag or clear plastic bag. Twigs and branches can be bundled with twine and placed next to bins and bags.

In Brooklyn and Queens, leaf and yard waste separation from trash is now MANDATORY.

Leaf and yard waste, food waste, and food-soiled paper separation from trash will be mandatory CITYWIDE and all NYC residents will be subject to fines starting Spring 2025.

Enforcement

Buildings with 1 to 8 Units

  • $25 for the first offense
  • $50 for the second offense
  • $100 for the third and subsequent offenses

Buildings with 9 or More Units

  • $100 for the first offense
  • $200 for the second offense
  • $300 for the third and subsequent offenses

Improper Disposal

Mattresses and Box Springs

Any mattresses or box spring set out for collection must be fully contained within a clear plastic bag and the bag must be securely sealed to prevent the spread bed bugs.

You may be fined if you do not set out mattresses and box springs correctly.

Enforcement

  • $50 for the first offense
  • $100 for the second offense
  • $200 for the third and subsequent offenses