Recycling Laws & Regulations

Providing detailed Sustainability Reports and expert assistance in meeting regulatory obligations.

Leaders in Sustainability Management

Our highly trained sustainability management team can train your staff on the process of recycling and put you on a path toward zero waste. Royal Waste Services can create and execute a personalized waste diversion program that would suite your specific needs. Furthermore, Royal will establish quality control goals and reinforce zero waste to ensure maximum efficiency on both ends. We will help you devise an overall environmental strategy so you can achieve sustainability goals without sacrificing financial objectives.

A Few Examples of What Our Program Will Cover, Including the Following Steps:

Royal Waste Services customizes and implements efficient recycling programs to suit all of your specific needs. Our services don’t end here as we continuously provide you with the following:

Monthly metrics reports quantifying by volume and weight materials removed from the service location during the month and waste diversion statistics.

On-site training to educate you on the proper separation of materials in accordance with the new regulations promulgated by the New York City Department of Sanitation (NYCDOS).

Conducting group seminar and training sessions regarding the new NYCDOS regulations regarding source separation.

Conducting an on-site waste audit after ninety (90) days of Royal Waste Services, re-establishing training techniques and confirming recycling initiatives and services requirements.

Providing required signage at the loading dock and/or freight car areas on each floor regarding the proper placement and separation of materials on a daily basis.

Reviewing the materials that should be placed in (1) black bags, (2) clear bags and (3) tying and bundling of old cardboard cartons (OCC).

New Business Recycling Rules

All businesses in New York City are required to recycle certain materials and ensure to their best ability that those recyclable materials are properly handled by their private carter. Food establishments must recycle cardboard and metal, glass and plastic containers. All other businesses must recycle paper, cardboard, bulk metal and textiles (if they account for more than 10% of waste). All businesses must recycle construction waste, with some exceptions.

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Four Different Streams of Recycling

Prior To Recycling: please empty all liquids into sink and rinse all food residue from containers.

Metal, Glass & Plastic

Any kind of hard or soft plastic or metal or glass.

Food Containers & Wrappers

  • Hard plastic pie tins
  • Plastic bags (all kinds)
  • Plastic coffee cup lids
  • Plastic food packaging
  • Plastic stirrer sticks
  • Plastic Straws
  • Plastic take-out containers
  • Plastic utensils
  • Plastic wrap (Saran Wrap)
  • Soft plastic wrappers
  • Yogurt-type containers
  • Aluminum/Tin foil
  • Metal foil on top of yogurt containers

Liquid Containers

  • Aluminum cans
  • Metal cans
  • Glass bottles with lids
  • Glass containers
  • Plastic bottles with lids
  • Plastic milk jugs
  • Plastic water cups
  • Milk and juice containers

Miscellaneous Office

  • Bubble wrap
  • Scotch tape dispensers


Anything that rips or tears — even with staples or paperclips.

Miscellaneous Office

  • Copy paper (even with staples or paperclips)
  • Colored and craft paper
  • Envelopes (including with plastic window)
  • Post-it notes
  • Packaging boxes
  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Phone books
  • Hard and soft-cover books
  • Pendaflex hanging folders (remove metal strips)
  • Manila folders
  • Paper bags
  • Junk mail
  • Pamphlets
  • Flyers

Clean Food & Beverage

  • Unused paper napkins
  • Paper sandwich boxes
  • Coffee and paper cups
  • Hot cup insulators
  • Paper straw covers

Organics for Composting

All food and organic waste, plus certain non-edible items.


  • Fruit, vegetables and beans
  • Meat and poultry
  • Seafood and shellfish
  • Bones
  • Bread and bakery foods
  • Grains, pasta and rice
  • Cheese
  • Fats, oils and salad dressing

Non-Edible Organic & Plants

  • Flowers
  • Floral trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Plants
  • Potting soil
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grinds
  • Eggshells

Soiled Paper Products

  • Used napkins
  • Soiled tissues
  • Used paper towels
  • Used paper plates
  • Wooden stirrer sticks
  • Plant-based packaging material


Any remaining non-food and non-recyclables.

Synthetic Materials

  • FedEx no-rip (Tyvek) envelopes
  • Styrofoam packaging material and peanuts
  • Hard styrofoam blocks
  • Styrofoam coffee cups
  • Rubber bands
  • Twist ties
  • Pens

Prepare for garbage and recycling collection at the correct time

Keep waste in heavy-duty, securely tied bags or covered bins. Business waste should never be placed in or besides DSNY's corner litter baskets. Daytime Pick-ups: Leave waste for collection within two hours of the scheduled pick-up.

Daytime Pick-ups:

Leave waste for collection within two hours of the scheduled pick-up.

Nighttime Pick-ups:

Leave waste for collection within two hours of the scheduled pick-up.

Remove the Bins

Remove the bins after the collection.

Fine avoided: $100-$300.

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