Set out bags of recyclables and garbage at the curb in separate piles, according to your collection schedule. Group all bags of clean paper and cardboard together in one pile; bags of metal, glass, plastics, and beverage cartons in another pile; and bags of garbage in another distinct pile.
Each agency and institution is responsible for purchasing recycling bins for their own buildings. Any kind of receptacles can be used to collect recyclables inside your building—even cardboard boxes—as long as they are properly labeled. DSNY provides free decals to label bins (blue for metal, glass, plastic, and cartons; green for paper and cardboard).
Don’t set out recycling or garbage at the curb in cardboard boxes. Plastic bags for recycling must be clear, and 13- to 55-gallon capacity. Use opaque black or brown bags for garbage.
When purchasing bins, specify NYC’s recycling colors (blue bins for metal, glass, plastic, and cartons; green bins for paper and cardboard). Grainger and Rubbermaid worked with DSNY to offer containers and lids in NYC’s recycling program colors with slits and holes, properly labeled with the NYC logo.