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What To Recycle for Nonprofits & Agencies



Agencies and nonprofits serviced by DSNY must recycle the same materials as residents.

Paper & Cardboard


  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs
  • White and colored paper (including lined, copier, and computer paper; staples are acceptable)
  • Mail and envelopes (any color; window envelopes are acceptable)
  • Paper bags
  • Wrapping paper
  • Soft-cover books, telephone books (such as paperbacks and comics; no spiral bindings)


  • Smooth cardboard (such as food and shoe boxes, tubes, file folders, and cardboard from product packaging)
  • Pizza boxes; remove and discard soiled liner, and recycle plastic supporter in your blue bin
  • Paper cups (waxy lining is acceptable if the cups are empty and clean; plastic lids go in the blue bin)
  • Cardboard egg cartons and trays
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes, flattened

Not Accepted:

  • Paper with heavy wax or plastic coating (such as candy wrappers and take-out containers)
  • Soiled or soft paper
  • Hardcover books

Metal, Glass, Plastic & Cartons

Empty and rinse containers before recycling.


  • Metal cans (including soup and pet food cans, empty aerosol cans, dried-out paint cans)
  • Aluminum foil wrap and trays
  • Metal caps and lids
  • Household metal (such as wire hangers, pots, tools, curtain rods, knives, small appliances that are mostly metal, and certain vehicle license plates). Sharp items like knives or other metal objects should be wrapped in cardboard, securely taped, and labeled “CAUTION: SHARP” before being placed with other recycling.
  • Bulk metal (large items that are mostly metal, such as furniture, cabinets, and large appliances)


  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars

Rigid Plastic:

  • Plastic bottles, jugs, and jars
  • Rigid plastic caps and lids
  • Rigid plastic food containers (such as yogurt, deli, or hummus containers; dairy tubs, cookie tray inserts, "clamshell" containers, and other plastic take-out containers)
  • Rigid plastic non-food containers
  • Rigid plastic packaging (such as “blister-pack” and “clamshell” consumer packaging, acetate boxes)
  • Rigid plastic housewares (such as flower pots, mixing bowls, and plastic appliances)
  • Bulk rigid plastic (like crates, buckets, pails, furniture, large toys, and large appliances)


  • Food and beverage cartons (such as cartons for soy milk and soup)
  • Drink boxes
  • Aseptic packaging

Not Accepted:

  • Batteries
  • Plastic bags, wrappers, pouches, squeeze tubes, foam plastics