All commercial businesses/commercial tenants are required by law to recycle. This applies to all business entities including stores, restaurants, offices, and other entities serviced by private carters. The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) enacted new recycling laws effective August 1, 2017 as part of the city’s Zero Waste to landfills by 2030 program.

All receptacles should be labeled and the containers, preferably, should be color coded: blue (recycling), green (mixed paper), and black (waste). Suggested signage for each receptacle is Metal, Glass & Plastic (MGP) for recycling/blue; Mixed Paper for paper, cardboard, etc./green, and Waste Only for all other waste/wet waste/black. Liners are not required for mixed paper bins, but if they are used, they must be clear. Clear liners should also be used for recyclables. It is imperative that only recyclable materials go in these containers. If non-recyclable materials are deposited there, the material is contaminated and no longer considered recyclable. Non-recyclable materials include food (wet waste) and any other trash. This receptacle should be identified by having a black liner and a Waste Only label.

The cleaning contractor will remove these bags and leave them in the loading dock for collection. The building’s rubbish hauler sends trucks nightly to remove both the recyclable and non-recyclable materials from the building to a transfer station.