Recycling Information

Recycling Guidelines

Become a part of a world-wide effort to protect and save our environment. Simply follow these simple guidelines to help "Pitch In" for a better tomorrow! If you are not sure what day of the week is your recycling pickup day, or if you have any questions about recycling, please call the Recycling Division at 378-4210, phone prompt #3.

An Easy Guide to Recycling
Item How to Prepare the Item for Collection Items NOT to Include

Please note: If we return your recycling bin to you with any remaining materials, these items cannot be recycled. These items should be discarded in your regular refuse. Please do not use garbage cans or black plastic bags for recyclables. (Clear plastic bags are acceptable.)

*Yellow telephone books, batteries and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) will be accepted for recycling at S.T.O.P. events only.

Glass All juice, pop & soda bottles, water bottles, beer & wine bottles and food jars can be recycled. Please rinse all residue from the item being discarded and place it in your recycling bin. Remove all caps or lids and discard them in your regular garbage. Labels need not be removed. Light bulbs*, window and auto glass, mirrors, dishes and drinking glasses, broken glass, pottery and clay pots.
Metals All food and beverage cans, aluminum foil and baking tins. License plates. Please rinse all residue from the item being discarded and place it in your recycling bin. Deface license plates with indelible marker. Place one license plate in bin per week. Cans used for chemicals or paint, aerosol spray cans, appliances, batteries*, tools.
Plastics All rigid plastic items can be recycled. Rigid plastic items include food and non-food containers such as soda bottles, milk containers, laundry products, water/juice bottles, liquor bottles, personal care items, plastic bottle caps and lids. Please rinse all residue from and flatten the item being discarded. Non-rigid plastics including styrofoam, foam egg cartons, foam packing peanuts, flexible frozen food or meat trays, plastic grocery bags, six pack holders and rings, plastic shower curtains. Plastic containers used for motor oil, paint, corrosive chemicals, solvents and lawn care products.
Paper Newspapers & inserts, magazines & catalogs, cardboard packaging and instruction manuals, office and school paper, index cards, white telephone books, cardboard pizza boxes, computer paper, discarded mail, receipts, paper grocery and lunch bags, corrugated cardboard (Corrugated cardboard must be flattened and tied in bundles of approximately 2 ft. x 2 ft. x 6 in. Place next to recycling bin.) Newspapers must be tied with string or placed in a paper bag. Yellow telephone books*, metallic paper, hardcover and paperback books, paper plates & cups, paper towels, egg cartons, non-paper envelopes, cardboard with wax or styrofoam.

Recycling Bin Replacement

If you need a new or replacement recycling bin, please call the Town of Hempstead Sanitation Department at (516) 378-4210, prompt # 3, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4:45 PM (except town-observed holidays).

Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

As the spring season starts, many Long Island boaters and marina staff will begin readying vessels for the warmer weather by shedding the plastic shrink wrap that is used to protect boats throughout the winter. Hempstead Town continues to offer residents and commercial marinas an environmentally friendly method to dispose of shrink wrap. The Sanitation Department's facility in Merrick, located at 1600 Merrick Road, will host a container to collect the shrink wrap. Commercial marinas and residential boat owners may deposit the plastic material between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM Monday through Friday, and weekends from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (except town-observed holidays). Shrink wrap deposited for recycling must be clean, with all lumber, rope, nails and garbage removed from the plastic. All marina operators and recreational boat owners in the Town of Hempstead are encouraged to recycle and keep shrink wrap out of landfills. Recycled shrink wrap can be given new life as plastic lumber, plastic bags, lawn edging, and plastic benches. 


"Grasscycling" is a simple and natural management practice that diverts grass clippings from the solid waste stream. Instead of raking, bagging, and putting grass clippings out for disposal, grass clippings are left on the lawn to be recycled.

Here's What You Need to Know:

  • Mow the lawn frequently to produce small clippings that will decompose quickly.
  • Keep mower blades sharp and cut the grass only when it is dry and 3 to 3 ½ inches tall.
  • Never cut the grass shorter than 2 to 2 ½ inches or remove more than one-third the length of the grass height at once. This will allow your lawn to develop a deeper root system, and a stronger defense against weeds, diseases and drought.
  • Grass clippings decompose quickly and allow valuable nutrients to return to the soil, reducing requirements for additional fertilizing. In addition, clippings help to retain moisture on lawns.
  • Water your lawn deeply and infrequently. Grass that is watered too frequently tends to develop shallow roots.
  • Grass clippings can also be used as garden mulch and can be added to your compost pile.

Leaf mulching is another low-cost way to keep organic waste out of landfills. By shredding leaves with your lawnmower and leaving them in place on your lawn, the leaves will continue to decompose, adding valuable nutrients to the soil. Leaf mulching also saves residents time, as there is no need to rake and bag up fallen leaves.