nyc recycling expansion

Recycling NYC

Recycling plastic in NYC has been confusing for years. First it only took plastics with certain numbers on the bottom of the container, then, for the last few years, it only took bottle and jugs with the opening smaller than the body, meaning no yogurt or take out containers. BUT NOW: 

“Starting today, if it’s a rigid plastic – any rigid plastic – recycle it,” said Mayor Bloomberg. This doesn’t include plastic grocery bags but those are taken at CVS and most supermarkets. 

For more detailed info, click here. Happy recycling!!

where to recycle clothing in nyc

When editing your wardrobe, you inevitably have clothes that aren’t in good enough condition to donate (stained, damaged). Instead of throwing them out, you can recycle them.

Thanks to Grow NYC, Friday-Monday, there are a number of locations around Manhattan and Brooklyn where you can drop off clothing, shoes, hats, and belts. While they also accept bedding and linens, please donate them to a local vet’s office or animal shelter for reuse (call to see if your local one does).
If you’re not in NYC (and even if you are) you can bring any brand of worn out sneakers (no cleats, sneakers containing metal, flip flops, or dress shoes) to any Nike retailer where they recycle them into sport and playground surfaces, as well as numerous Nike apparel, footwear, and equipment products.

where to donate electronics

look how nice your closet can look when you clear out the unwanted

and unloved stuff you’ve been holding on to… 

Your old, broken electronics can and should be recycled. But your newer things can and should be passed along to someone who can give it a new life: 

NY Mag did this quick article on where to bring your A/C, TV, computers and other things.
NYC Stuff Exchange helps you find someone who wants your unwanted items. is taking laptops for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
Make-A-Wish Foundation takes only new electronics and computers.
– Contact your local Police Department to donate cell phones for re-use at domestic violence centers.

where to donate almost anything

Editing your things down can be hard, but sometimes figuring where to bring the things you’d like to pass along to someone else can be even harder. I hope this helps! Some of these are for NYC drop off only, but those with (*) are be sent to from anywhere in the country. Remember, bolded text is a link. 

Baby Buggy, a 501 c 3 Accredited Charity founded in 2001, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing New York City’s families in need with essential equipment, clothing, and products for their infants and young children.
Room to Grow (NY and Boston)
Founded in 1998, Room to Grow is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development.
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.
The Hope Program helps New Yorkers transcend the root causes of poverty by preparing them to find, keep, and grow careers. We blend vocational, educational, and social services with a lifelong commitment to a person’s success.
Housing Works is renowned for addressing the needs of people living with AIDS by offering a comprehensive array of health, housing, AIDS prevention, legal and case management services, we help our clients to empower themselves and actively manage their HIV.
Your worn-out athletic shoes can live on in something new: a track, basketball court, or a playground.
The Bosom Buddy Program is a a textile recycling company, specializing in recycling bras and providing deserving women in our communities who are facing challenges with a basic lingerie staple.
PROM DRESSES AND ACCESSORIES is the first national campaign to encourage girls to donate their prom and special occasion dresses to those who cannot afford them for prom, sweet 16, quinceañera or formals.
Operation PROM was originally established to help low-income students attend their proms
by providing free prom dresses and tuxedo rentals.
*Dress For Success (women’s only)
Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help our clients find jobs and remain employed.
Theatre Development Fund (from 1950’s and prior)
Contact Jim Crochet at for details
Theatre Development Fund, a not-for-profit organization, was created with the conviction that the live theatrical arts afford a unique expression of the human condition that must be sustained and nurtured. TDF’s twofold mission is to identify and provide support, including financial assistance, to theatrical works of artistic merit, and to encourage and enable diverse audiences to attend live theatre and dance in all their venues.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Goodwill Industries International enhances the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work.
All proceeds support the creation and design of costumes for new productions at New York City Opera.
FOOD (canned, non-perishable)
The Food Bank solicits, warehouses and distributes food to more than 1,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and other food assistance programs throughout the five boroughs. These programs, in turn, prepare balanced, nutritious meals for people who don’t have enough money or resources for one of life’s most basic necessities: food.
Build It Green! NYC, is New York City’s only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. Our warehouse has everything from panel doors to high end refrigerators and shutters to movie props. Our mission is to keep these materials out of the landfill, while offering deep discounts on their resale.
*Most eye glass stores take glasses for various redistribution programs. Simply go into your local store and ask.
Eyeglasses in good condition are sent to medical missions and international charitable organizations for distribution to the poor in developing nations. Proceeds from the sale of scrap metal, hearing aids, jewelry and giftware are used to purchase new eyeglasses for poor U.S. residents.

*Most local veterinarian’s office or animal shelters accept these things that would otherwise not be accepted. Ask you local place if they do.
Sport Gift is focused on providing sports to underprivileged children throughout the world and promoting sports related community service among our youth.

Materials for the Arts, NYC helps artists realize their visions, provides students with a richer educational experience, and furnishes businesses with a simple and efficient way to enhance the cultural life of their city while promoting environmental awareness and reuse.