Garbage: Plastic bags, soft plastic, film plastic, and foam can be discarded with regular garbage. Don’t put these items in your recycling:
Certain plastics that are difficult to recycle have take-back programs.
Plastic Bags: In New York City plastic film accounts for about 7.5% of the residential waste stream. Plastic bags alone comprise almost 3% of New York City's residential waste stream — the largest source of plastic in NYC's waste.
New York State's Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Act requires certain retail stores in NYC and State to accept plastic carryout bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags, shrink wrap, and clean food bags. Please reduce waste by bringing your own carryout bag.
Flexible Plastic Packaging: Terracycle collects difficult-to-recycle materials that use flexible plastic packaging, such as drink and food pouches. Schools, community groups, and individuals can sign up for Terracycle “brigades” and get credits for recycling these materials.
Disposable Coffee Pods: Empty and rinse disposable coffee pods before recycling with your metal, glass, and plastic. To ensure the best end use for your coffee pods, use a manufacturer take-back program such as nespresso.
Printer Cartridges: Many charities and retailers accept and recycle printer cartridges.