The NYC Department of Sanitation keeps New York City healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing of waste. Sanitation teams provide regularly scheduled curbside recycling and garbage collection for households, public schools and nonprofit organizations in certain buildings – and collect food scraps and yard waste from properties in the organics collection pilot program.
To learn collection days for your location, enter street address, select borough, then click Search.
Residences: Recycling + Garbage Collection
Residences: Food + Yard Waste Collection
Some products can’t be easily recycled. Case in point: expanded polystyrene, or EPS. Known as the foam used to make coffee cups, the Department collects more than 28,000 tons of EPS each year. Foam is lightweight and comprises a substantial amount of litter on our streets, waterway and beaches – and banning EPS cups, plates, containers and packing peanuts is the best way to keep this foam from landfills. In January 2015, Commissioner Garcia determined that foam recycling is not feasible. While a New York State judge has recently overturned the City’s ban on EPS, DSNY is exploring ways to keep this material from landfills.
Schools: Separation, Schedule + Setout
Schools must separate recycling and garbage – and schools receiving DSNY collection service may not sell recyclables. Schools using private carting companies must follow setout rules for businesses, listed above.
Nonprofits + Agencies: Separation, Schedule + Setout
The following links provide information for nonprofits and agencies that receive DSNY recycling and garbage collection service. DSNY service is provided to nonprofit organizations in buildings funded by the City or properties that are exempt from real estate tax.
Bikes chained to public property or harming a City tree may be deemed derelict by DSNY and marked for removal. Once marked as derelict, the owner has seven days to remove it.
Derelict bikes do not include bikes attached to NYC Department of Transportation Bike Share docking stations or ghost bikes (memorials to the deceased, typically painted white and marked with placards).
A bike is derelict if it meets any three of the following criteria:
Report a derelict bicycle by calling 311.
Unauthorized Removal of Collectibles