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How to recycle in New York City and Fines for Recycling Violations
What and How to Recycle in New York City
Recycling is the law in New York City. Residents, schools,
institutions, agencies, and all commercial businesses must
recycle.

The requirements detailed below apply to all New York City
residences, as well as schools, institutions, and agencies
serviced by the Department of Sanitation.
What and How to Recycle:
PAPER & CARBOARD
YES - PLACE IN RECYCLING
NO - PLACE IN TRASH
  • white, colored, and glossy paper (staples OK; no
    spiral bindings)
  • mail and envelopes
  • wrapping paper (remove ribbon and tape)
  • smooth cardboard (food boxes — remove inside
    & outside plastic wrappers — shoe boxes, tubes
    from paper towel and toilet paper rolls,
    cardboard from product packaging)
  • paper bags
  • paper/cardboard egg cartons and trays
  • newspapers, magazines, and catalogs
  • phone books, soft cover books (paperbacks,
    comic books, etc.)
  • corrugated cardboard (flattened boxes)
  • hardcover books
  • napkins, paper towels, or tissues
  • soiled paper cups or plates
  • paper heavily soiled with food or liquid
  • paper with a lot of tape and glue
  • plastic- or wax-coated paper (candy wrappers,
    take-out containers, etc.)
What and How to Recycle:
BEVERAGE CARTONS, BOTTLES, CANS, METAL & FOIL
YES - PLACE IN RECYCLING
NO - PLACE IN TRASH
  • metal cans (such as tuna, empty aerosol cans,
    empty and dried-out paint cans with lids
    removed)
  • aluminum foil wrap & trays
  • household metal (such as wire hangers, pots,
    and pans)
  • bulk metal (such as metal furniture, cabinets,
    and appliances)
  • glass bottles & jars
  • plastic bottles & jugs
  • beverage cartons & drink boxes (milk & juice)
  • any glass items other than glass bottles & jars
    (such as mirrors, light bulbs, ceramics, and
    glassware)
  • any plastic items other than plastic bottles &
    jugs (such as deli and yogurt containers; plastic
    toys, cups, bags, and wrap)
  • styrofoam (cups, egg cartons, trays, etc.)
  • batteries
Place mixed paper together in green-labeled bins (which should preferably be green as well), clear bags, or
labeled dumpster (if you have one).

Flatten and bundle large pieces of corrugated cardboard and tie with sturdy twine, or if applicable, place loose in
your dumpster.
Empty and rinse containers before recycling. Place together in CLEAR bags or blue-labeled bins (which should
preferably be blue as well).

Multi-Unit and Apartment Buildings

Residential building owners/landlords
must notify tenants about recycling requirements, designate an
accessible recycling area, and maintain signs explaining what and how to recycle. The Department of Sanitation
recommends that landlords provide new tenants with recycling information with their lease, and remind tenants
about their recycling responsibilities with lease renewals.

All tenants are required to keep recyclables separate from regular garbage and recycle according to their
building management instructions in properly colored and labeled receptacles.
Recycling Violations

Recycling violations carry fines of $25 (first Notice), $50 (second Notice), $100 (third
Notice), and $500 (four or more Notices within a six-month period).
Buildings with ten or more apartments that receive four or
more Notices of Violation within a six-month period will be
fined $500 for each bag that violates recycling regulations,
up to a maximum of 20 bags within a 24-hour period.
This
translates to a maximum fine of $10,000 per day.
For more information on how to recycle in New York City and fines for recycling violations in
NYC please visit the New York City guide
"What and How to Recycling in New York  City".

http://nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/recycling/recycle_what.shtml
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