Dos and Don’ts of New Recycling Program
Beginning April 1, the following guidelines will be in place for recycling in New York City:
Do recycle mixed paper in clear bags or green-labeled recycling containers.
B7 Magazines and catalogs
B7 Telephone Books
B7 Paper, mail and envelopes
B7 Paper bags
B7 Soft cover books
B7 Smooth cardboard, including shoe boxes, cereal boxes (after removing liners and tubes
B7 Corrugated cardboard boxes (tied in bundles)
Metal, Plastics and Glass:
Do recycle metal, plastics and glass in clear bags or blue-labeled recycling containers.
B7 Glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and jugs, beverage cartons and box drinks
B7 Aluminum foils wraps and trays
B7 Household metal objects, such as wire hangers, pots and pans. You should also recycle large items which are 100% metal, such as metal furniture and metal cabinets.
B7 Don’t recycle plastic toys, electronic equipment or plastic cups and plates
B7 Don’t recycle deli or yogurt containers, Styrofoam items of plastic furniture
B7 Don’t use blue bags for your recyclables.
The Department also continues recycling appliances containing CFC gas (freon) like refrigerators, air conditioners, etc. Before recycling them, you must call 311 to schedule CFC removal. Also, for safety reasons, the Department of Sanitation requires that doors of refrigerators and freezers be removed before discarding them.
If you have any questions call 311 or visit the Department’s website at www.nyc.gov/sanitation.