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 (516) 378-4210, phone prompt #3.

When in doubt, leave it out of your recycling bin! Unacceptable items are considered “contaminants” and will be rejected at the sorting facility. Please be mindful when sorting your recyclables to only include accepted materials. Place your recyclables loosely in your bins – refrain from using plastic bags to hold the items. Plastic bags slow the recycling process and create issues for recycling plants. Items must be cleaned and not soiled, for example pizza boxes with grease cannot be recycled.

Remember to follow the Do’s and Don’ts of recycling. Not following these guidelines will cause contamination, resulting in the disposal of your recyclables as garbage. If there is no effort to adhere to the recycling guidelines, your recycling will not be collected and will be left at your curb. Please refer to the following chart for more information.

No Plastic Bags

Place items loosely in your bin,
not in a plastic bag!

An Easy Guide to Recycling
Item Acceptable Items How to Prepare Items for Collection
Plastics #1 & #2 Only Plastic bottles and jugs (marked with #1 or #2 only, located on the bottom of containers)
  • Water and soda bottles
  • Milk and juice jugs
  • Detergent bottles
  • Remove caps and lids and discard in regular refuse
  • Place items loosely in recycling bin
Cans & Glass Aluminum, steel and tin cans, glass bottles and jars Empty and rinse containers
Mixed Paper Newspapers, magazines, copy paper, color inserts Tie and bundle next to recycling bin
Cardboard Corrugated (shipping boxes) and non-corrugated (cereal boxes, etc.) Break down and bundle next to recycling bin
Not Acceptable Items
#3 through #7 plastics, plastic bags, straws, plastic chairs & toys, aluminum foil, plastic & metal cutlery, wire & plastic hangers, batteries, light bulbs, telephone books, Styrofoam, soiled pizza boxes

Note: If your recycling bin is returned with any remaining materials, these items cannot be recycled and should be discarded in your regular refuse. Do not use plastic bags for recyclables.

Recycling Bin Replacement

If you need to replace your damaged bin, kindly bring it with you for exchange to the Dept. of Sanitation, Collection Division, 1600 Merrick Road, Merrick, Monday through Friday 9am to 3:00pm (with the exception of town-observed holidays)

If you are a new resident and require bins, please contact (516) 378-4210, prompt #3.

Due to weather conditions it is the Dept. of Sanitation's recommendation that residents should put their address on both sides of their recycle containers.

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.


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