All schools are required to recycle in accordance with the New York City Recycling Law and Mayoral directives. Chancellor’s Regulation A-850 guides how schools should implement recycling plans, including the Principal’s appointment of a Sustainability Coordinator from school-based staff, who can lead recycling efforts.
Schools in New York City are crucial to helping our City contribute zero waste to landfills by 2030. Zero Waste Schools is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vision of sustainability outlined in #OneNYC: The Plan for a Strong and Just City.
The Organic Collection program was piloted in 2012-2013 in 90 public schools and is currently operating in over 720 schools, which represents 40% of DOE schools. Find complete information here. Click on the link below to see which schools are participating in the Organics Collection Program:
The Office of Sustainability has an entire team dedicated to recycling or waste related issues. For school-based support, including site visits and staff training opportunities, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The DOE and DSNY partner with GrowNYC’s Recycling Champions Program, which provides free resources on how to create a model recycling program.
For schools enrolled in DSNY Organics Collection (once downloaded, look for your building code at the top of the page).
Schedule for buildings WITHOUT DSNY Organics Collection (not applicable for sites with dumpsters)
Custodians may place an order through the SDI Catalog for recycling bins. To reinforce recycling consistency across the city, schools should order recycling bins that correspond with NYC recycling regulations: Blue bins are for the collection of metal, glass, plastic, and cartons. Green bins are for the collection of paper and cardboard.