Recycling

All residents of 515 Edgecombe Avenue cooperative are required by law to recycle their waste in accordance with New York City Guidelines.

These guidelines have been posted on the main notice board in the building’s Lobby. Appropriate recycling bins are available in the designated area on the building premises.

Every building in New York City is required by law to recycle. The Solid Waste Management Act of 1988 requires comprehensive recycling in New York State. New York City benefits not only environmentally, but also economically from recycling. New Yorkers must not lose the benefits of recycling by letting up on prudent waste management practices. According to New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer, “Recycling is unquestionably one of the most important efforts we make to conserve natural resources and reduce our dependence on landfills and incinerators – recycling makes enormous economic and environmental sense and I am fully committed to expanding and enforcing recycling laws so that we can realize their full benefits.”

The information below provides guidelines on what and how to recycle: For further information please visit the New York City website.

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Reduce

Paper, packaging, and food waste make up the largest sections of New York City’s trash and recyclables. Learn how to reduce paper waste and packaging waste (such as bags, drink cups, and other packaging); eliminate unwanted mail; and turn your yard and kitchen waste into compost.

Another way to reduce waste is to make sure that the products that you bring into your home are durable or long lasting. You should also bring reusable containers (such as bags and mugs) with you, while shopping.

Minimizing the number of potentially harmful products you use in your home is also important. See our shopping tips to learn about other opportunities to reduce waste.

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Reuse

Find a new home for your unwanted items. Donate or sell items in good condition to thrift stores, non-profit organizations in need, consignment shops, or through online reuse and materials exchanges.

You can also send items back to the manufacturer or retailer for resale, refurbishing, or recycling. Some product take-back programs incentivize the return of items by offering coupons, credit, or discounts.

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Recycle

Every building in New York City is required by law to recycle. The NYC Department of Sanitation  collects recyclables at the curb from residents, city agencies, and institutions throughout the five boroughs. If you are already recycling, consider enhancing your participation in the City’s recycling program by choosing to purchase items and packaging that can be recycled.

Buying products that are made from recycled materials also bolsters markets for the items that you place at the curb for recycling.

 

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