Going Green Staten Island - NYC Sanitation Recycling

Posted by Tom Crimmins Realty, Ltd. on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at 12:42pm.


In today's day and age Recycling has become central to everyday waste disposal. We have recycling bins in every home, restaurant, store or other facility all across the country. Although the idea of the three R's (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) has become prevalent in today's society, some individuals are still unfamiliar with the whole concept and what to and what not to recycle. Recycling Laws are different to various types of facilities across the city ranging from Residents, Apartment Duplexes, Schools and Businesses.



  • Metal

    • metal cans (soup, pet food, empty aerosol cans, empty paint cans, etc.)
    • aluminum foil and foil products (wrap and trays)
    • metal caps and lids
    • household metal items (wire hangers, pots, tools, curtain rods, small appliances that are mostly metal, certain vehicle license plates, etc.)
    • bulky metal items (large metal items, such as furniture, cabinets, large mostly metal appliances, DOES NOT INCLUDE electronic devices banned from disposal)
  • Glass

    • glass bottles and jars ONLY
  • Plastic

    • bottles, jugs, and jars
    • caps and lids
    • food containers (yogurt, deli, hummus, dairy tubs, cookie tray inserts, “clamshell” containers, other rigid plastic take-out containers)
    • non-food containers
    • housewares (flower pots, mixing bowls, plastic appliances, etc.)
    • bulk rigid plastic (crates, buckets, pails, furniture, large toys, large appliances, etc.)
  • Cartons

    • Food and beverage cartons
    • Drink boxes
    • Packaging (holds beverages and food: juice, milk and non-dairy milk products, soup, etc.)
  •  Paper                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    • newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, mixed paper
    • white and colored paper 
    • mail and envelopes
    • receipts
    • paper bags
    • wrapping paper
    • soft-cover books (phone books, paperbacks, comics, etc.; no spiral bindings)
  • Cardboard

    • cardboard egg cartons
    • cardboard trays
    • smooth cardboard (food and shoe boxes, tubes, file folders, cardboard from product packaging)
    • pizza boxes
    • paper cups 
    • corrugated cardboard boxes


  • Paper with heavy wax or plastic coating (candy wrappers, take-out and freezer containers)
  • Soiled or paper (napkins, paper towels, tissues)
  • Hardcover books
  • Batteries
  • Electronic devices (remote control cars, phones, IPads)
  • Printer cartridges
  • Glass items other than glass bottles and jars (such as mirrors, light bulbs, ceramics, and glassware)
  • Window blinds
  • Foam plastic items (such as foam food service containers, cups and trays, foam protective packing blocks, and, and foam packing peanuts)
  • Flexible plastic items (such as single-serve food and drink squeezable pouches and tubes such as toothpaste, lotion, cosmetics, or sports balls such as basketballs, bowling balls, soccer balls, footballs, yoga balls)
  • Film plastic (such as plastic shopping bags and wrappers.)
  • Cigarette lighters and butane gas lighters
  • Cassette and VHS tapes
  • Pens and markers
  • Cables, Wires, Hoses
  • Rigid plastic containers containing medical “sharps” or disposable razors
  • Containers that held chemicals



  • Set out your recycling after 4 PM the night before your scheduled recycling day in a clear plastic bag or a bin labeled with a recycling decal.
  • If your recycling day falls on a holiday, hold your recyclables and set them out for recycling on your next recycling day.
  • The regular collection schedule may also be suspended due to snow storms or other severe weather. When collection is suspended, missed collection complaints are not accepted for that day.
  • If you think they missed a collection of recyclables, contact 311 or submit a missed collection complaint online


  • Set out recyclables on the sidewalk next to the curb according to your school's collection schedule. Do not place any materials, including bulky items in the street.
  • Group all bags of clean paper and cardboard together in one pile, and bags of metal, glass, plastic, and cartons in a distinct pile. All recyclables should be set out in separate piles from trash.
  • Plastic bags for recycling must be clear and 13- to 55-gallon capacity. Public schools must use clear bags for garbage, too. Do not set out recycling or garbage at the curb in cardboard boxes. 


  • Businesses should consult their private carters and determine a plan for collecting recyclables that works for the business and complies with the recycling rules.
  • The plan should comply with one of the following types of recycling collection: source-separated collection, co-collection, or single-stream collection.
  • Source-separated recycling is the practice of separating designated  metal, glass, plastic, and beverage cartons from paper and cardboard into two “streams” that must be kept separate from garbage at all times.
  • Businesses using a private carter authorized for co-collection of recyclables must operate as a source-separated site (please see above) and ensure that they are placing materials out for collection in appropriate bags (clear bags for recyclables and black opaque bags for garbage) or are baling/bundling cardboard.
  • Single-stream recycling is the practice of collecting all designated metal, glass, plastic, beverage cartons and cardboard and paper together in the same bag or container.


  • All New York City agencies and nonprofit institutions are required to recycle. 
  • If you require recycling services from a private carter, follow the business recycling requirements.


Remember: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! and don't forget if you have any questions about real estate, or are curios about the current market, we here at Tom Crimmins Realty would be more than happy to assist you in all your real estate needs.
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