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Recyclables: Cardboard , Paper, Plastic, Metal, Glass, Household Items
Click here to learn how to dispose of : Paint, Household Batteries, Motor Oil, Oil Filters and Vehicle Batteries, BBQ Tanks
Paper Products and Cardboard
Newspapers, magazines and catalogues
Office Paper, junk mail and envelopes
Shopping bags, grocery and lunch bags
Cardboard boxes (flattened and tied)
"Clean" pizza boxes
Cereal, cake and other food boxes (remove inserts)
Tissue boxes, paper towel rolls, mailing tubes
Cardboard egg cartons
DO NOT RECYCLE
Pizza boxes that are soiled with food
Styrofoam (i.e. egg cartons, packing "peanuts", etc.)
Wax covered cartons, i.e. milk or juice cartons
Never place your recycling in plastic bags
Any plastic with a #1-7 in the recycling triangle located on the bottom of the item.
All items should be rinsed.
There is no need to remove labels.
You may flatten plastics to save room.
DO NOT RECYCLE
Plastics that do not have a #1-7 stamped on them.
Six pack holders - these should be cut up and thrown in the trash
Plastic bags - as they clog machinery. Most grocery stores will accept and recycle plastic bags.
All metal food and beverage cans and lids/tops
Aluminum foil (not soiled with food)
Aluminum baking tins
Empty aerosol cans
All items should be rinsed
There is no need to remove labels.
DO NOT RECYCLE
Paint cans* (including spray paint cans)
*Dry paint in cans by using kitty litter or quick dry. Remove the top of the paint can and place at your curb for regular trash pick up.
*Items such as irons, wire hangers, pots and pans are not trash but are not part of this recycling program. Residents should deposit these items at the Gedney Recycling Yard.
Large metal items/appliances must call the Sanitation Bureau (422-1217) to schedule an appointment for pick up.
All clear and colored glass food and beverage bottles
Rinse bottles. There is no need to remove labels.
Light bulbs, window glass or mirrors
Pottery, glassware or dishes
Plastic bags are not collected by the City. Please don't use plastic bags for any recycling.
The blue recycling container is for glass, metal and plastic.
Paper recycling may be placed in paper bags or boxes or a reusable plastic or whicker basket.
Corrugated cardboard boxes should be flattened and tied
Commercial establishments and multi family home use a green containe.r marked "NEWSPAPER."
Call for a list of local organizations that welcome donations of household articles.
FREE COMPOST, MULCH and UNSPLIT LOGS are available to White Plains residents at the Gedney Way drop-off area form 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. When available, BULK delivery may be arranged by calling 422-1202.
GEDNEY WAY DROP OFF / PICK UP GUIDELINES
• Hours: Monday - Saturday, 8:00a.m. - 4 p.m.
• White Plains Residents only - ID will be required.
• Drivers should stop at the gate house and check in with the gatekeeper.
• CARS ONLY- no trucks or trailers of any kind.
• Drop off of Grass clippings, small cuttings and leaves only.
• Bags and/ or containers are to be emptied and brought home to be re-used.
• Empty bags should not be left at the Gedney Yard.
• Pick up free compost, mulch and unsplit logs from designated areas.
LANDSCAPER COUPON SYSTEM
• A purchased permit coupon book enabling a landscape gardener to deposit White Plains generated leaves and lawn rakings at the Gedney Way Recycling Yard. Landscapers may purchase the coupon book. Call 422-1206.
During the fall seasonal leaf collection period, weekly "Compostable" container collections between Columbus Day and December 10th are suspended. The contents of the containers will be collected as part of the fall loose leaf collection or residents may place grass clippings and lawn rakings with the loose leaves
Yard waste makes up approximately 30% of the County's waste. In addition to the County's ban on bagged fall leaves, Westchester communities are banning all types of yard materials from trash collections. Since Westchester is responsible for disposing of our solid waste, the County no longer allows yard waste to be mixed with our garbage.
All garbage not separated for recycling is incinerated in the county's waste to energy plant located in Peekskill. Besides burning poorly and being a loss of a resource, soft yard material tends to be very wet, which makes it both heavy and costly to transport.
White Plains can no longer collect any sort of yard debris found to be in any type of bag-be it plastic or paper bags. The ban on bagged grass clippings and bagged lawn rakings, including yard waste being mixed with garbage, has been in effect since 2001.
LIMITED AMOUNTS OF BUNDLED AND TIED BRUSH OR TREE PRUNINGS, up to 3 inches in diameter and no more than 4 feet in length are collected curbside. A maximum of 10 minutes will be spent at any one location stop to that a City-wide schedule can be maintained.
How to dispose of Paint:
Household Paint - Preparation is Important!
Think of the potential mess a can of liquid paint can cause to the road, a truck or sanitation crew if it spills or splatters. Both oil-based paint and water-based or latex paint may be legally and safely disposed of in your garbage by following the simple instructions below:
HOW TO PREPARE A CAN OF PAINT FOR DISPOSAL IN THE GARBAGE
Harden the paint by mixing it with kitty litter or another absorbent pellet materials (such as Speedy-Dri) until no liquid remains. The more absorbent material added, the faster the paint will harden. To make more room for the absorbent material, full or partially full cans of pain should be poured off into empty cans or ones with less paint. Some paint stores may carry products specifically designed to harden waste paint. Ask stores for details.
After the paint is hard, put it out for garbage collection with the lid off.
Throw away in the garbage:
• Non-Rechargeable - Alkaline
• Non-Rechargeable - Carbon Zinc
• Rechargeable - Alkaline
• EXAMPLES: AAA, AA, C, D, 9 Volt,
• Long Life C and D Cells, etc.
• Used for toys, radios, appliances,
• Flashlights, etc.
Take to a drop-off site of County Household Chemical Clean -up Day:
• Rechargeable - Nickel Cadmium",*
• Sealed Lead Acid, Nickel Hydride, Lithium
• EXAMPLES: AAA, AA, C, D, 9 Volt Battery Packs
• *Used for power tools, cellular phones, video cameras, portable computers, etc.
• Button Cell - Silver Oxide, Mercuric Oxide, Lithium, Zinc Air
Rechargeable Batteries: Most consumer products using these batteries have been designed to allow easy battery removal for proper disposal and recycling. If the battery cannot be removed, the entire product may be brought to a local drop-off site of County Household Chemical Clean-Up Day.
In 1992, an international standard was implemented requiring manufacturers to produce the commonly used non-rechargeable alkaline and carbon zinc batteries with a significantly lower mercury content. Now, according to the NYS Dept. Of Environmental Conservation, most household batteries can be disposed of safely in the trash.
How to Dispose of Motor Oil, Oil Filters, Vehicle Batteries:
Take used motor oil to a service station or to a retail outlet that sells motor oil. State law requires most service stations and retailers to accept, free of charge, up to five (5) gallons of motor oil per person per day.
Drain oil into a clean unbreakable plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Do not mix oil with any other fluid, such as antifreeze, brake fluid or gasoline. Be certain that the container you use is thoroughly rinsed so that nothing will contaminate the motor oil.
Drain oil from filter. This should be done in an area where the temperature is higher than 60 degrees F. Oil drains more easily and thoroughly at warmer temperatures. Drained filters should then be wrapped in newspaper and disposed of in the garbage.
Take vehicle batteries to a retailer that sells them. State law requires such retailers to accept, free of charge up to (2) vehicle batteries per person per month. They are not accepted at the County sponsored Household Chemical Cleanup days.
How to dispose of BBQ Tanks:
20 LB Propane BBQ Tanks:
The companies listed below accept 20 pound barbeque tanks. They may charge a nominal fee. Before placing a tank in your car, empty it through normal use of your grill and seal with a plastic cap. Propane tanks come with a cap to insure safety in transit. Most hardware stores and propane distributors sell replacement caps.
If your barbecue tank can be refilled, consider giving it to a neighbor or a friend to use.
Brookfield Metal Company - 280 Lamont Street, Elmsford, NY (914) 592-5250
(Brookfield requires that the main valve be removed from the tank before delivery. Call Brookfield for instructions.)
Tech Air - 465 Knollwood Road, White Plains, NY (914) 949-5151
1 to 2 lb Propane BBQ Tanks
*Note: Inclusion of a company on this list is not an endorsement by the County of Westchester or by the City of White Plains.
Residual gas should be burned off through proper use of the grill. Empty tanks may be disposed of in the garbage or on bulk pick-up days. Call your local Recycling Office for information.
The Westchester County Household Chemical Info-Line at (914) 813-5425
The Westchester County Recycling Hotline at (914) 813-5420
Visit the Westchester County Website at Westchestergov.com
Local Organization accepting donations