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Recycling Guidelines for Paper and Cardboard – New York City

You can recycle your paper easily and simply through curbside pick-up programs. While the amount of paper waste the U.S. generates every year grows, the percentage of that waste that is recycled grows every year as well. Americans are increasingly taking responsibility for their own waste, recycling half of all paper products in 2006. In New York City, residents are mandated by law to recycle their paper products. Fortunately the NYC Department of Sanitation provides curbside pickup of your recyclables.

What Can You Recycle?



White, Colored, and Glossy Paper

Hardcover Books

Mail and Envelopes


Wrapping Paper - no ribbon or tape

Paper Towels

Smooth Cardboard


Cereal Boxes

Paper Soiled with Food or Liquid

Paper Bags

Paper with a lot of Tape or Glue

Cardboard Egg Cartons and Trays

Plastic-Coated or Wax-Coated Paper

Newspapers, Magazines, and Catalogs

Candy Wrappers

Phone Books

Photographic Paper

Softcover Books - paperbacks and comics

Carbon Paper

Corrugated Cardboard






























Useful Tips for Recycling Paper in New York

  • Place all paper together in clear bags, or in any bin labeled with green recycling decals or the words "Mixed Paper."

  • Flatten and bundle large pieces of cardboard and tie with strong twine.

  • Verizon Super Pages - use the search term "waste paper"

  • Use Earth 911 to find local resources for paper recycling in New York.

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