Friday, February 19, 2010

Recycling Rules from NYC


 
PAPER & CARDBOARD
green recycling bin with decal and clear bag

trash can
YES - PLACE IN RECYCLING

NO - PLACE IN TRASH
  • white, colored, and glossy paper (staples OK)  
  • mail and envelopes (window envelopes OK)  
  • 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 cardboard egg cartons and trays 
  • newspapers, magazines and catalogs 
  • phone books, softcover books (paperbacks, comic books, etc.; no spiral bindings), 
  • corrugated cardboard (flattened boxes)

  • hardcover books  
  • napkins, paper towels or tissues 
  • soiled paper cups or plates paper soiled with food or liquid 
  • paper with a lot of tape and glue
  • plastic-or wax-coated paper (candy wrappers, take-out containers, etc.) 
  • photographic paper

    For our building: PUT ALL PAPER & CARDBOARD ON THE TOP SHELF IN THE COMPACTOR ROOM ON YOUR FLOOR.




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    BEVERAGE CARTONS, BOTTLES, CANS, METAL & FOIL

    trash can
    YES - PLACE IN RECYCLING

    NO - PLACE IN TRASH OR
    DISPOSE PROPERLY
    • metal cans (soup, pet food, empty aerosol cans, died-out paint cans, etc.) alumnimum 


      metal cans (soup, pet food, empty aerosol cans, dried-out paint cans, etc.)
    • aluminum foil wrap & trays
    • household metal (wire hangers, pots, tools, curtain rods, knives, small appliances that are mostly metal, etc.)
    • bulk metal (metal furniture, cabinets, large appliances, etc.)
    • glass bottles & jars only
    • plastic bottles & jugs only 
    • milk cartons & juice boxes (or any such cartons and aseptic packaging for drinks: ice tea, soy milk, soup, etc.) 
    • plastic items other than plastic bottles & jugs (such as deli and yogurt containers; plastic toys, cups, wrap, etc. — if it's not a bottle or jug, DON'T put it in the recycling bin, place in trash) 



    • any glass items other than glass bottles and jars (mirrors, lightbulbs, ceramics, glassware, etc.), place in trash



    • Styrofoam (cups, egg cartons, trays, etc.) place in trash







    Empty and rinse containers before recycling.


    Remove caps and  lids. Place METAL caps & lids in the recycling bin; put plastic caps & lids in the garbage.

    Wrap knives or similar sharp metal objects in cardboard (such as a piece of cereal box) and secure with tape. Label the package "CAUTION: SHARP" and place with other designated metal, glass, plastic recyclables.
    For Home Sharps/Hypodermics, see Household Medical Wastes.

    Place bulk metal next to recycling bins or bags.

    For our building:  
    • PUT ALL METAL CANS IN THE SMALL BIN IN THE COMPACTOR ROOM.
    • PUT ALL OTHER RECYCLABLE ITEMS (except paper & cardboard) IN THE LARGE BIN IN THE COMPACTOR ROOM. 

    Contact the building staff if you want to discard or recycle LARGE objects, and check "computer recycling NYC" for commercial companies that recycle computers in the city.

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