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What to Recycle in New York City


Recycling is the law in New York City and is an easy everyday way to protect the environment and help stop global climate change. New York City provides a comprehensive and convenient curbside recycling program for its residents.

The New York City Department of Sanitation provides weekly pickups and has a comprehensive list of recyclable materials and detailed information about recycling in New York City on the NYC Wasteless website. NYC Businesses are also required to recycle; find information about the NYC Commercial Recycling Requirements here.

NOTE: As of April 23, 2013, the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) accepts more kinds of plastic for recyclingOur instructional videos, produced in 2009, do not include this change, but are otherwise accurate.   

Check out our TV spots and web-only instructional recycling videos here:


Want to Recycle More?

Visit the Recycling Resources page for information on difficult to recycle items.