How to Dispose of Paint, Batteries, or Other Potentially Hazardous Household Materials


On November 1, 2014 the Department of Sanitation New York City (DSNY) re-opened a “special waste” drop-off site in Manhattan. The new location, now at 74 Pike Slip, joins drop-off sites in the other boroughs in providing all city residents a place to easily, and safely, dispose of potentially harmful household products such as motor oil, latex paint and batteries.

For more information, and to see the full list of NYC drop-off locations, please visit the DSNY website.


It’s Now Illegal in NYC to Throw Away Electronics in the Trash

As of January 2015, it’s illegal in New York to discard electronics in the trash.

NYC apartment buildings are eligible to participate in an innovative new program that provides buildings with a FREE and convenient service to pick up and recycle unwanted electronics.

The in-building service provided by e-cycleNYC represents the most comprehensive electronics recycling program offered by any municipality in the country.

Depending on the size and type of building, NYC apartment buildings (larger than 10 units) will be eligible for a variety on-site service options to conveniently and safely recycle unwanted electronics.

This program is a partnership between the City of New York and Electronic Recyclers International (ERI)

For more information on how to sign your building up for this free program, visit e-cycleNYC.

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Organics Collection in Large Residential Buildings


Organic waste accounts for about 31% of all waste generated by residents in New York City. Organic waste is yard waste, food scraps, compostable paper (napkins, paper plates, etc.), and other materials suitable for industrial-scale composting. Operating a curbside organics collection program can help NYC reduce millions of dollars in landfill disposal costs, achieve recycling goals, and reduce pests by storing food waste in special rodent-resistant bins. NYC will turn your organic waste into compost, which can be used to fertilize gardens, parks, and street trees, or into renewable energy which can be used to power thousands of homes.

Apartment buildings in NYC with 10 or more residential units can enroll to participate in a new program that provides free and convenient collection of organic waste, including food scraps, soiled paper, and yard waste. Residents who live in smaller units can still compost their food waste at a neighborhood based food waste drop-off site.

For more information on how to enroll your building in this free program, visit NYCRecycles.

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