Getting Rid of Stuff

DSNY wants us all to:

  • Buy less stuff
  • Donate/give it to someone who’d use it
  • Recycle it
  • Throw it out responsibly

And, to accomplish this, they’ve produced a pamphlet highlighting what can be recycled, composted, and donated.

On their website ‘how to get rid of…’ you can type in the thing you’d like to get rid of, and the engine will return suggestions. Here’s what you get when you type in “books”

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/howtogetridof/books

Here’s the latest list of what can be recycled, and what shouldn’t:

Metal (all kinds)
metal cans (soup, pet food, empty aerosol cans, empty paint cans, etc.)
aluminum foil and foil products (wrap and trays)
metal caps and lids
household metal items (wire hangers, pots, tools, curtain rods, small appliances that are mostly metal, certain vehicle license plates, etc.)
bulky metal items (large metal items, such as furniture, cabinets, large mostly metal appliances, DOES NOT INCLUDE electronic devices banned from disposal)

Glass
glass bottles and jars ONLY

Plastic (rigid plastics)
plastic bottles, jugs, and jars
rigid plastic caps and lids
rigid plastic food containers (yogurt, deli, hummus, dairy tubs, cookie tray inserts, “clamshell” containers, other rigid plastic take-out containers)
rigid plastic non-food containers (such as “blister-pack” and “clamshell” consumer packaging, acetate boxes)
rigid plastic housewares (flower pots, mixing bowls, plastic appliances, etc.)
bulk rigid plastic (crates, buckets, pails, furniture, large toys, large appliances, etc.)
Note:  Rigid plastic is any item that is mostly plastic resin—it is relatively inflexible and maintains its shape or form when bent.

Cartons
Food and beverage cartons
Drink boxes
Aseptic packaging (holds beverages and food: juice, milk and non-dairy milk products, soup, etc.)

Paper
newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, mixed paper
white and colored paper (lined, copier, computer; staples are ok)
mail and envelopes (any color; window envelopes are ok)
receipts
paper bags (handles ok)
wrapping paper
soft-cover books (phone books, paperbacks, comics, etc.; no spiral bindings) (schools should follow their school  book recycling procedures)

Cardboard
cardboard egg cartons
cardboard trays
smooth cardboard (food and shoe boxes, gift boxes, tubes, file folders, cardboard from product packaging)
pizza boxes (remove and discard soiled liner; recycle little plastic supporter with rigid plastics)
paper cups (waxy lining ok if cups are empty and clean; recycle plastic lids with rigid plastics)
corrugated cardboard boxes (flattened and tied together with sturdy twine)

Not Accepted
Batteries
“Tanglers” (such as cables, wires, cords, hoses)
Electronic devices banned from disposal
Paper with heavy wax or plastic coating (candy wrappers, take-out and freezer containers, etc.)
Soiled or soft paper (napkins, paper towels, tissues)
Hardcover books (schools should follow their school  book recycling procedures)
Printer cartridges
Glass items other than glass bottles and jars (such as mirrors, light bulbs, ceramics, and glassware)
Window blinds
Foam plastic items (such as foam food service containers, cups and trays, foam protective packing blocks, and, and foam packing peanuts)
Flexible plastic items (such as single-serve food and drink squeezable pouches and tubes such as toothpaste, lotion, cosmetics, or sports balls such as basketballs, bowling balls, soccer balls, footballs, yoga balls)
Film plastic (such as plastic shopping bags and wrappers.) Bring plastic bags and film to participating stores for recycling
Cigarette lighters and butane gas lighters
Cassette and VHS tapes
CDs and DVDs
Pens and markers
Rigid plastic containers containing medical “sharps” or disposable razors
Containers that held dangerous or corrosive chemicals

To keep up to date with all things trashy, go to nyc.gov/dsnynews

Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey

An audio recording of Marcus Garvey as he outlines the goals of the Universal Negro Improvement Association made in New York in July 1921, and adapted from his longer speech “A Membership Appeal from Marcus Garvey to the Negro Citizens of New York

Jamaica’s National Hero was born in St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann, on August 17, 1887. He was conferred with the Order of the National Hero in 1969. In his youth Garvey migrated to Kingston, where he worked as a printer and later published a small paper “The Watchman”.

During his career, Garvey traveled extensively throughout many countries and in 1914 he started the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), in Jamaica. The UNIA, which grew into an international organization, encouraged self-government for black people worldwide; self-help economic projects, and protest against racial discrimination.