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New York City's Residential Recycling Program

Today New York City recycles plastic, glass, paper and metal. This practice help to save resouces and energy, it also saves money to the city. The pickups of recycling materials occur on a weekly basis.

For collection schedule check the City of New York Department of Sanitation

What to recycle?

In Green labeled recycling bins or clear bags:


  • Newspaper magazines and catalogs
  • White or colored paper
  • Smooth cardboard
  • Paper bags
  • Flatened cardboard


  • Plastic or wax-coated paper
  • Carbon paper
  • Heavily soiled paper or cardboard
  • Hardcover book

In blue recycling bins or cleat bags:


  • Metal cans
  • Foil wrap and trays
  • Plastic bottle and jars with symbols at the bottom
  • Milk and other beverage cartons
  • Household metal


  • Motor oil or chemical container
  • Styrofoam
  • Food containers
  • Plastic bags, wrap or film
  • Plastic trays or tubs
  • Plastic ustensils
  • Plastic appliances, toys, furniture
  • Lightbulbs
  • Pane glass
  • Pump spray nozzles
  • Caps or lids
  • Household bateries




Good to know:

  • Department of sanitation provides free collection for up to 6 bulk items (for appliances containing CFC gas an appointment needs to be schedule for it to be recovered)
  • Containers need to be labeled, free decals to label containers are available at Department of Sanitation (call 311)




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