info 05.15.12

What Goes Where
Recycling in NYC: A 5-Part Series
Every Person in New York

The cheat sheets below are for residential recycling. You can get a lot of questions answered at the City's NYCWasteLess site, but in terms of information presentation, it's an unwieldy mess.


PAPER AND CARDBOARD
RECYCLE
Books (softcover, no spiral bindings)
Catalogues
Cardboard egg cartons
Cardboard food boxes (smooth)
Corrugated cardboard boxes (flattened and tied with twine)
Envelopes, white and colored
File folders
Magazines
Newspapers
Paper, white and colored (staples ok)
Paper bags
Shoe boxes
Telephone books
Wrapping paper

TRASH
Books, hardcover (or: donate)
Candy wrappers
Coffee bags
Coffee cups
Napkins
Paper with lots of tape and glue
Paper cups, plates (soiled with food or liquid)
Paper towels
Take-out containers
Wax Paper
Tissues




GLASS AND METAL
RECYCLE
Aerosol cans (empty)
Aluminum foil (if rinsed off: no baked-on or other food residue)
Appliances (small, that are mostly metal)
Cooking pots and pans, utensils
Curtain rods
Glass bottles and jars only (labels do not have to be removed)
Metal (any items that's at least 50% metal)
Metals cans (labels do not have to be removed)
Paint cans (dried out)
Pet food cans
Soup cans
Wire hangers (some dry cleaners will accept them back, too)

TRASH
Ceramics
Glassware
Lightbulbs (incandescent); (CFLs: recycling options exist—see below)
Mirrors
Pane glass


PLASTICS
RECYCLE
Bottles (#1 and #2)
Jugs (#1 and #2 with a neck)
Empty and rinse out. No other plastics accepted by the City.

TRASH
Bioplastics
Lettuce containers
Plastic caps and lids
Plastic cups
Plastic hangers
Plastic produce bags
Plastic toys
Plastic trays
Plastic utensils
Styrofoam
Takeout plastics
Tupperware


CARTONS
RECYCLE
Juice cartons
Milk cartons
Soup cartons





OTHER STUFF

Air Conditioners
Contains Freon, call 311 for pickup

Appliances (Large)
Major appliance that are mostly metal, with no Freon: Bulk rules.

Batteries
Alkaline batteries: drop off at special locations
Car batteries: Car battery: Return automotive batteries to any service station or auto supply store that sells them.
Cellphone and rechargeable batteries: Call2Recycle

Building Materials
Build it Green! NYC

CDs and DVDs
Best Buy will take CDs, DVDs, and many electronics for recycling—you don't need to have purchased the item from them.

Composting
The LES Ecology Center accepts composting (be sure to check what's accepted and what's not) at their Community Garden and at the Union Square Greenmarket
Compost Green Map of Manhattan
Compost Project in Brooklyn
Vokashi, a compost service

Dry Cleaning Bags
Some dry cleaners will take them back for recycling by private companies

Electronic Waste
All Green Electronics Recycling
4th Bin
ewaste recycling
LES Ecology Center's e-waste warehouse in Brooklyn

Freezer
Contains Freon, call 311 for pickup. Remove all doors.

Kitty Litter
Regular cat litter is trash.
Consider an eco-friendly alternative, such as Feline Pine or World's Best Cat Litter

Lightbulbs - CFL
Compact fluorescent lights can be brought to Home Depots, IKEA, and Lowes, among others, for recycling. More info at Recycle a Bulb

Makeup Containers
Origins will accept for recycling cosmetic jars, tubes, and bottles from any company.

Paint
Latex paint: drop off at special locations
Oil-based paint: contact a hazardous waste vendor

Packing Peanuts
The three locations of Manhattan Mailroom will take your packing peanuts (and the like) and reuse them.

Plastic Bags
Some retailers (mostly large retailers) are required to take back clean plastic bags.

Plastics, #5s
You can bring #5 plastic yogurt cups, hummus containers, Brita pitcher filters and other #5s to Whole Foods where there are Preserve Gimme 5 dropoffs. This plastic gets recycled into Preserve toothbrushes, tableware, and kitchen products.

Printer Cartridges
Staples will recycle them.

Refrigerator
Contains Freon, call 311 for pickup. Remove all doors.

Soda, Water, Sports Drink Bottles
Returned to the place you bought it for five cent deposit back.

Tires
Businesses that sell or install tires must take back tires of approximately the same size that they sell.

Towels and Blankets
Donate to animal shelters

Water Filters (Brita)
Preserve Gimme 5 location




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Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.



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