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You Will Need
- Recyclable items
- Bags or bins
- NYC recycling decals (optional)
- Internet access (optional)
Separate out paper
Separate out paper items you can recycle: white, colored, and glossy paper, envelopes, paper bags, newspapers, phone books, softcover books, smooth cardboard, and corrugated cardboard.
Divide other recyclables
Empty and rinse beverage cartons, glass bottles and jars and plastic bottles and jugs, and metal objects like cans and aluminum trays and foil. You can also recycle appliances, furniture, and household goods that are more than 50 percent metal.
Take it out
Go to "nyc.gov/sanitation":http://nyc.gov/html/dsny/html/home/home.shtml or call 311 to find out your assigned recycling day and obtain recycling decals. On your assigned day, place all designated paper in clear bags or bins labeled "mixed paper," or with a green recycling decal. Flatten and bundle corrugated cardboard or break it into smaller pieces and add it to the mixed paper. Put non-paper recyclables in clear bags or bins labeled "bottles and cans" or with a blue recycling decal. Place metal items that are too large for bags or bins next to the other recyclables.
Dispose of specialty items
Keep certain items out of your recycling. Double-bag and throw away lightbulbs and alkaline batteries. Bring rechargeable batteries to a store that sells rechargeable batteries of the same size and shape, and return plastic grocery bags to a local supermarket.
To dispose of appliances that contain CFCs, make an appointment at "nyc.gov/sanitation":http://nyc.gov/html/dsny/html/home/home.shtml or by calling 311. Getting rid of a computer, TV, or cellphone? Go to "nyc.gov/recycle":http://nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/recycling/recyclingnyc.shtml to learn about drop-off events and "take back" programs for electronics.
Go to "nyc.gov/recycle":http://nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/recycling/recyclingnyc.shtml for more information on recycling, and to learn about other New York City initiatives designed to reduce waste, including the Compost Project and the Stuff Exchange. Remember: with a little effort, you can help make the Big Apple a green apple.