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”

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 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.

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

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)
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 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
“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

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Marcus Garvey

George Floyd

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Born: October 14, 1973, Fayetteville, NC

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Bicycle Lane Density

The percent of streets with bike lanes can affect cyclist and pedestrian safety, physical activity, and sustainable transportation use. 

 About the Measure

Bicycle Network Coverage – Percent of Streets with Bicycle Lanes 

Percentage of streets with bicycle lanes (conventional and protected bicycle lanes, excluding sharrows, dirt trails, boardwalks, and velodrome tracks).

Source: New York City Department of Transportation

Cyclists Killed by Drivers

In Manhattan, nearly 30 percent of streets have bike lanes – but in Brooklyn, only 13 percent of streets do. This is consistent with research that shows that bicycle networks offer protection to people on the streets.

Safety in numbers

The idea of “safety in numbers” comes from a study that found that “a motorist is less likely to collide with a person walking and bicycling if more people walk or bicycle.” This is probably because as the number of people walking and cycling increases, motorists become more attentive. So as the number of cyclists rises, we expect to see injury rates go down.

Ongoing work to promote cycling will help lower injury rates. Expanding bike share networks, increasing bicycle network coverage, and continuing to build protective street environments – like separated bike lanes – can get more riders on the street and offer them greater protection.

This effect is apparent when we look at differences between Manhattan and Brooklyn – and apply what we learn throughout the city. Disparities in cycling by sex, race/ethnicity, age, and neighborhood poverty also need to be addressed through equitably focused safety improvements, since safety in numbers works best if we increase safety for everyone – starting where it is most needed.

As New York City continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, many New Yorkers may turn to biking as a good way to get around while still keeping a safe distance from others. Our data show us that there is a clear connection between road infrastructure and street safety. That means that one way to keep New Yorkers safe during this public health emergency – and beyond – is to continue building safer streets.

Electronic Waste and Recycling