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About New York City's Curbside Recycling Program

Sorting recyclables

Sims Municipal Recycling started with a 20-year contract as the City of New York's curbside recycler.

What and How to Recycle: Paper and Cardboard

ACCEPTED MATERIALS

  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs
  • White and colored paper (lined, copier, computer, staples OK)
  • Mail and envelopes (any color, window envelopes OK)
  • Paper bags
  • Wrapping paper
  • Soft-cover books, telephone books (paperbacks, comics, etc.; no spiral bindings)
  • Cardboard egg cartons and trays
  • Smooth cardboard (food and shoes boxes, tubes, file folders, cardboard from product packaging
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes (flattened and tied)

MATERIALS NOT ACCEPTED

  • Hardcover books
  • Napkins, paper towels, or tissues
  • Soiled paper cups or plates
  • Paper soiled with food or liquid
  • Paper with a lot of tape and glue
  • Plastic- or wax-coated paper (candy wrappers, take-out containers, etc.)
  • Photographic paper

What and How to Recycle: Beverage Cartons, Bottles, Cans, Metal and Foil

ACCEPTED MATERIALS

  • Food & beverage cartons & drink boxes (or any such cartons and aseptic packaging for drinks: ice tea, soy milk, soup, etc.)
  • Plastic bottles, jugs & jars
  • Rigid plastic caps & lids
  • Rigid plastic food containers (yogurt, deli, hummus, dairy tubs, cookie tray inserts, "clamshell" containers, other plastic take-out containers)
  • Rigid plastic non-food containers
  • Rigid plastic packaging ("blister-pak" and "clamshell" consumer packaging, acetate boxes)
  • Rigid plastic housewares (flower pots, mixing bowls, plastic appliances, etc.)
  • Bulk rigid plastic (crates, buckets, pails, furniture, large toys, large appliances, etc.)
  • Glass bottles & jars only
  • Metal cans (soup, pet food, empty aerosol cans, dried-out paint cans, etc.)
  • Aluminum foil wrap & trays
  • Household metal (wire hangers, pots, tools, curtain rods, knives, small appliances that are mostly metal, certain vehicle license plates, etc.)
  • Bulk metal (large metal items, such as furniture, cabinets, large appliances, etc.)

MATERIALS NOT ACCEPTED

  • Plastic foam items (foam cups, foam egg cartons, foam trays, foam packing peanuts, foam sporting equipment, etc.)
  • Plastic bags, wrappers, shower curtains, and all kinds of plastic "film"
  • Containers that held dangerous or corrosive chemicals
  • Lighters (plastic, metal, or any material)
  • Plastic tubes (toothpaste, lotion, cosmetics, etc.)
  • Single-serve food and drink squeezable pouches (juice pouches, baby food squeeze pouches, yogurt to go pouches, etc.)
  • Cassette and VHS tapes
  • Pens & markers (plastic, metal, or any material)
  • Disposable razors
  • 3-ring binders (if separate the metal rings, can recycle the metal)
  • Umbrellas
  • Garden hoses
  • Luggage (plastic or textile)
  • Sponges
  • Sports balls (basket balls, bowling balls, soccer balls, footballs, yoga balls, etc.)
  • Any glass items other than glass bottles & jars (mirrors, lightbulbs, ceramics, glassware, etc.)
  • Styrofoam (cups, egg cartons, trays, etc.)
  • Batteries (take batteries out of toys before recycling)
  • Electronics (computers, TVs, and related devices)
  • Diapers

Learn more about how to properly recycle in New York City by visiting the New York City Department of Sanitation's Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling website.

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