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Curbside Setout For Residents

Set out your garbage and recycling after 4 pm the night before your scheduled collection day. Remove empty containers by 9 pm on the collection day, or by 9 am the following morning if your collection occurs after 4 pm.

Don't set out garbage and recycling (including bulky items) in the street, or in a way that blocks pedestrian traffic or extends in front of another property.

Household Garbage

Place garbage into bags or covered receptacles. Bulky items can be placed next to bags and receptacles.

Use heavy-duty, opaque black bags, and tie them securely. Do not use clear or colored bags for household garbage

Receptacles, including dumpsters, must be leak-proof and have tight-fitting lids. Don’t use cardboard boxes as receptacles.

Items Needing Special Handling

Certain items, such as appliances, electronics, mattresses, broken glass, rechargeable batteries, and medical sharps require special handling to protect residents, DSNY workers, and the environment. Learn about special handling requirements.


Paper & Cardboard

Paper and cardboard must be placed out in bags, receptacles, or bundles.

Use clear bags, not colored bags. Break cardboard into small pieces before putting it into bags.

Label receptacles “Recycling–Mixed Paper” or use free green recycling decals (preferably on both sides). Do not use cardboard boxes as receptacles.

Place paper and flattened cardboard into all designated paper dumpsters.

Bundles of flattened cardboard, newspapers, and magazines should be no more than 18 inches high and should be secured with sturdy twine. Don’t use tape.

Metal, Glass, Plastic & Cartons

Place metal, glass, plastic, and cartons in bags or receptacles. Bulky items can be placed next to bags and receptacles.

Use clear, not colored, bags. Label receptacles “Recycling—Metal/Glass/Plastic/Cartons,” or use a free blue recycling decal. Do not use cardboard boxes as receptacles.

Food & Food-Soiled Paper

If you aren’t in an organics collection pilot area, put food waste out with your garbage, or drop it off for composting at a neighborhood food waste drop-off site.

In buildings that receive curbside organics collection, follow the guidelines for how to use the brown bin.

Yard Waste

Buildings with NYC organics collection can place leaves and yard waste in their brown organics bin, in paper lawn & leaf bags, or in open, unlined containers.

For residents not in an organics collection pilot area, yard waste is collected as garbage. Follow the instructions above for setting out household garbage.

Fall leaves are collected separately in certain districts on specific days in November and December.

Brooklyn or Queens are Asian Longhorned Beetle quarantine areas. You must schedule an appointment with Parks Dept to have any trees, tree prunings, and firewood over a half-inch in diameter chipped and removed.

Yard waste generated by landscapers cannot be set out for DSNY collection. Your landscaper must dispose of this yard waste at a licensed facility.