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You must put household trash into leak-proof bins with tightly fitting lids. Bins should be no larger than 55 gallons. 

You can also put trash in securely tied heavy duty opaque (non-transparent) black plastic bags, such as yard waste bags, with a maximum weight of 60 pounds when full. Most standard kitchen bags are not heavy duty and should be placed in bins. Do not use blue, red, clear, or any colored bags for regular trash. 

There is no limit to the number of bags you can put out for collection.

Dumpsters must be covered at all times with securely fitting covers or lids. Trash cans must be covered unless all refuse inside is in a securely tied bag.

Please note: beginning November 12, 2024, all properties with 1-9 residential units must use a bin with a secure lid for trash.  Learn more on the Trash, Recycling, and Compost Bins page.

Collection Days

Place your trash curbside the evening before your scheduled trash collection day:

  • Between 6 PM and midnight if it's in a bin with a secured lid, or
  • Between 8 PM and midnight if it's in bags

To look up the collection days for a specific address, visit the Trash, Recycling, and Compost Collection Schedule page.

How to Get Rid of Specific Items

You can use the Department of Sanitation's website to find out how to properly dispose of specific items.

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) changed the usual time for placing trash, recycling, and compost out at the curb for collection. The new set-out times will help keep city streets clean and reduce food sources for rats.

Under the new rules, residential buildings must

  • Place waste out after 6 PM in a secure container of 55 gallons or less with a secure lid, or
  • Place waste out after 8 PM if putting bags directly on the curb.

Bundled cardboard and bulk items can be placed out any time between 6 PM and midnight.

Appliances containing CFC must be placed out between 6 PM and midnight the evening before the scheduled CFC and Freon Removal appointment.

To ensure collection, all waste must be set out no later than midnight the night before your collection day.

The new set-out times went into effect on April 1, 2023.

Policy Feedback

You can submit feedback to DSNY about the new set-out time policy.

Property owners of buildings with 9+ residential units and a janitorial staff may opt in to a 4 AM to 7 AM setout window during the yearly application period. The opt-in period only runs between January 1 and January 31 each year. 

The application period to opt into this alternate set-out time is currently closed.

If your application was approved, your building’s alternate set-out time is in effect from April 1, 2024 through March 31, 2025. 

If your application was not approved, you must follow the set-out times for all other residential properties.

Buildings currently enrolled in the 4 AM to 7 AM set-out window cannot set out waste at any other time. Violators are subject to enforcement penalties. After two penalties, the property will be removed from the morning opt-in program.

You can contact the Department of Sanitation by email or by phone if you have questions about the program, including how to opt out.

By Email

multiunitsetout@dsny.nyc.gov 

By Phone

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for help.

American Flag

There are no specific sanitation regulations for disposing of an American flag.

Asbestos

Asbestos cannot be discarded with regular trash. For disposal of asbestos or items containing asbestos, contact a private hazardous/chemical waste company.

COVID-19 Test Kits

Throw out COVID-19 test kits with your regular trash. These test kits are not considered medical waste.  

Medicine

Printed materials that come with prescription medication should be referred to for specific disposal instructions.

Most prescription drugs should be mixed with an undesirable substance (such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter) and put in impermeable, non-descript containers (such as empty cans or sealable bags) before throwing them out in the trash.

Printer Ink and Toner Cartridge

You can mail ink and toner cartridges back to the manufacturer or throw them away with your regular trash.

Printer cartridges are not recyclable.

Trash, Recycling, or Compost Container

Throw out metal or rigid plastic trash, recycling, or compost containers with your recycling items. Put a label on the container that says "Sanitation, please take this can away" so that the Department of Sanitation knows to take it.

When throwing out broken glass, it should be placed in a cardboard box labeled "broken glass" to avoid bag punctures.

The box should be sealed with tape and placed in a trash can or securely closed trash bag. Small containers of broken glass may be placed directly into a trash can or bag.

Larger cardboard boxes with broken glass inside that are properly sealed and labeled can be placed out for collection next to regular trash containers and bags.

The broken ends of smaller single pieces of broken glass can sometimes be protected with several pages of newspaper taped around the broken end before being placed into a trash can or bag.

Ionization Detectors

Ionization detectors contain small amounts of radioactive material. They should be returned to a manufacturer and not be thrown out with regular trash.

Check the label on your smoke or carbon monoxide detector if you are unsure about the type of detector you have.

Optical Detectors

Optical detectors do not contain any dangerous material and can be thrown out with regular trash.

If you are doing a major construction or renovation project in your home, you need to get a dumpster through a private trash removal service. If you hire a contracting company, it should arrange for private disposal of debris, such as heaters, sinks, and tubs.

If you do repair work in your own one or two-family home and don't hire anyone to help, you can place up to six items (bags, bundles) curbside with your regular trash. Items must be light enough to be lifted by two people and small enough to fit in a garbage truck.

Work on income properties (on 3-family homes and larger), fee for service, and contractor material must be serviced by hiring a private carter or dumpster.

You can't remove items, materials, or bags that other residents have placed out for pickup.

Only authorized employees or agents of the Department of Sanitation may collect them.

There are no longer public dumps in New York City.

There are only Special Waste Disposal sites for items such as batteries, paints, and motor oils. These sites don't accept bulk items.

If your collection day falls on a holiday, there may be changes to your collection schedule. 

Make sure to always check back near the date of the holiday to confirm the exact guidelines.

2024 Sanitation Holidays

DateHoliday
January 1 (Monday)New Year's Day
January 15 (Monday)Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 12 (Monday)Lincoln's Birthday
February 19 (Monday)Washington's Birthday (Presidents' Day)
May 27 (Monday)Memorial Day
June 19 (Wednesday)Juneteenth
July 4 (Thursday)Independence Day
September 2 (Monday)Labor Day
October 14 (Monday)Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day
November 5 (Tuesday)Election Day
November 11 (Monday)Veterans Day
November 28 (Thursday)Thanksgiving
December 25 (Wednesday)Christmas

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