Rules for Recycling Metal
Metal items must be placed in either clear, untinted bags sized between 13 and 55 gallons or blue labeled containers no larger than 32 gallons. Metal can be mixed with plastic and glass recyclables, but never with paper recyclables. Containers must have blue labels on both sides and the lid. Containers or bags must weigh no more than 60 pounds. If the recyclable items are not in a bag, the container must be secured with a tight fitting lid.
Large metal items such as appliances must be placed at curbside next to the recycling container. For appliances containing CFC gas, a CFC and Freon Removal appointment must be made prior to disposal.
To dispose of a metal recycling or trash container, all receptacles should be clearly labeled as refuse and put at the curb on the proper recycling collection day so that the Department of Sanitation will know that they should be collected.
Metal Items That Can Be Recycled
- Aerosol cans (empty)
- Aluminum foil wrap and trays
- Clean metallic car parts
- Dried-out paint cans (metal lid may be recycled separately)
- Food cans (empty and clean)
- Household metal (wire hangers with paper removed)
- Knife Blades (Blades of sharp metal knives (such as carving or chef's knives) should be wrapped in cardboard, taped, labeled "CAUTION: SHARP" and placed out with metal/glass/plastic recyclables)
- Lighting fixtures
- Nuts and bolts
- Metal utensils (including forks, spoons, and knives)
- Metal caps
- Pots and pans
- Satellite Dish
- Small appliances that are mostly metal
Throwing Out Bulk Metal Items
Large items that are all metal or mostly metal are recyclable as bulk items. If an item exceeds the listed weight, height, or amount requirements, you must hire a private carter for disposal.
Large items that are all metal or mostly metal and are recyclable as bulk items include:
- Air conditioners
- Auto parts (containing no hazardous materials or chemicals)
- Aluminum lawn furniture with plastic webbing
- Barbecue grills
- Bedsprings/Metal bed frames
- Cabinets and appliances
- Clothes dryers
- Generators (less than 100 pounds)
- Lawnmower (empty fuel to be used in new lawnmower or bring to SAFE disposal event)
- Pipes (no longer than 4 feet)
- Porcelain coated metal bathtubs and sinks
- Snow blowers (less than 100 pounds)
- Washing machines
- Water heaters (50 gallons or less)
Metal Compressed Gas Tank Disposal
You can put fire extinguishers and helium tanks out for collection or take them back to where you bought them.
If you put them out, first empty them and remove the head. To empty an extinguisher, spray it into a damp paper bag.
Sanitation does not collect used compressed gas tanks such as propane, oxygen, and acetylene because they can explode in the garbage truck. You must take these tanks back to where you bought them.