As with residences and institutions served by the Department of Sanitation, schools must be sure to organize their recyclables and garbage correctly and set materials out for collection at the proper time. Schools using private carters should follow Setout Rules for Businesses.
DSNY’s regular collection schedule may be suspended due to snow storms or other severe weather. When collection is suspended, missed collection complaints are not accepted for that day. Set out garbage on the night of the holiday for collection starting early the next day. Set out recyclables and organics for collection on their next collection day.
Principals at NYC Department of Education schools and charter schools receiving DSNY collection service must appoint a school sustainability coordinator to promote recycling procedures – and create an annual sustainability plan that outlines waste-reduction and recycling goals. Because school recycling involves coordination between key staff members, each year the principal, custodian engineers and sustainability coordinators must agree to and sign the sustainability plan.
At private schools, the custodian engineer or building or facility manager is typically responsible for the school’s recycling program.
Schools receiving DSNY collection may not sell recyclables to vendors. When recyclable materials are placed curbside for collection, they become property of the City, and removing them is illegal. It’s theft. People who remove and drive away with recyclables ready for collection in front of a residential, institutional or commercial building can face fines up to $2,000 – and the City can reward people (PDF) who help us identify thieves who are fined.