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NYC residents only recycle 17% of their waste! Today I requested a compost bin and recycling signs for my building because...we need them AND it's International Recycling Day ;) (update: it's the very next day and I already received confirmation that my Recycling Materials Request has been approved!!
The compost, or brown organic bins, collect food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste, which they then turn into compost or renewable energy. At this time only certain neighborhoods are eligible for organics collection. You may request a bin from the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) if you live in an eligible neighborhood, by clicking: COMPOST BIN REQUEST
If your neighborhood is not yet eligible for organics pick up, you may request its addition by going to: REQUEST MY NEIGHBORHOOD HAVE COMPOST PICK-UP If your building or home does not have green and blue recycling bins, please know that the city does not supply these to residents. You can either purchase recycling bins yourself if you are a homeowner, request that your landlord implements green and blue recycling bins or lastly, you can request recycling signs from the city to place over regular garbage pails. You may request all sorts of recycling signs by going to: REQUEST RECYCLING SIGNS + INFO, which is what I did. My building has multiple garbage bins, two of which are saved for recycling, but residents often are confused about which is for paper and which is for plastic/metal/glass. Upon receipt of DSNY's Green + Blue signs, I will place each over our dedicated recycling cans.
GREEN BIN SIGN:
-For recycling mixed paper and cardboard (but no hardcover books, waxed/soiled or soft paper) -Staples and window envelopes are okay
-Remember to flatten, bundle or bag boxes BLUE BINS:
-For recycling metal, rigid plastic, milk and other similar cartons, glass bottles and jars (no broken glass) -No batteries, plastic bags, squeeze tubes and pouches or plastic foam Here's to increasing the amount of waste that NYC recycles.
-For recycling metal, rigid plastic, milk and other similar cartons, glass bottles and jars (no broken glass)
-No batteries, plastic bags, squeeze tubes and pouches or plastic foam
Here's to increasing the amount of waste that NYC recycles.