Recycling Information (S.O.R.T.)
Recycling Information (516) 677-5745
The Sanitation and Recycling Collection Division of the Town’s Department of Public Works has the responsibility for implementing the Town’s recycling program. Known as S.O.R.T (Separate Oyster Bay’s Recyclables Today), this program began as a pilot project in 1987. Today with the new Single Stream Program, the Town is recycling more materials than ever creating cash revenue for the residents. It currently services over 80,000 homes within the Town of Oyster Bay Solid Waste Disposal District and the Villages of Farmingdale and Massapequa Park, as well as more than 1,100 businesses.
Residents are issued a 20-gallon yellow S.O.R.T container or can request a sticker to be place on their own pail that is 32 gallon capacity or smaller. Glass, metal, plastic, small cardboard and paper can all be placed inside.
Including aluminum, tin, steel
Rinse beverage and food cans, aluminum foil and pans, wire clothes hangers and empty aerosol cans
NO cans of paint, no bed frames or long poles
Rinse jars and bottles
NO ceramic glass, drinking glasses, home or auto glass
Rinse rigid plastic bottles, jars, jugs, Tupperware
Includes laundry and soap containers, food containers, salad bottles, ketchup bottles
NO plastic bags or dry cleaning bags
NO plastic utensils or straws
PLEASE remove all plastic bags. This causes the automated sorting system to fail, shredded paper accepted in paper bags and boxes
Paperback books (hardcover books should have covers removed)
Includes newspapers, catalogs, phone books, and mail
NO waxed paper
Larger cardboard can be broken down to 4 feet lengths and tied next to pail
Includes egg cartons, cereal boxes, milk containers and pizza boxes
PLEASE remove all packing material, foam peanuts and bubble wrap from cardboard
NO STYROFOAM OF ANY KIND
Recycling Hotline – (516) 677-5745
Requests for Information, New Pail Requests, and Stickers
5:00 am – 3:30pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Yard Waste *NOT COLLECTED DURING WINTER MONTHS*
Yard waste is collected and taken to compost facilities. Yard waste consists of grass clippings, weeds, leaves, tree trimmings/branches/twigs, hedge and shrub clippings, small roots, other garden/yard waste and Christmas trees. These materials should be placed in plastic bags, with each bag weighing no more than 50 pounds. It is very important that no household garbage, refuse or animal waste be placed in the bag with yard waste as these contaminate the yard waste and make it unusable for composting. Branches and large roots should be tied in bundles no more than four feet in length and weighing no more than 50 pounds. Stumps should have all soil removed and be cut into pieces weighing no more than 50 pounds. PLEASE NOTE: Regular S.O.R.T. crews collect the contents of your recycling pail, newspapers, junk mail, etc. Sanitation crews come around the same day to collect yard waste.
There is no Recycling collection on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
When a holiday falls on Monday, Monday collection will be made on Tuesday, and Tuesday collection will be made on Wednesday.
When a holiday falls on Tuesday, Tuesday collection will be made on Wednesday.
When a holiday falls on Thursday, Thursday collection will be made on Friday, and Friday collection will be made on Saturday.
When a holiday falls on Friday, ALL collections will be made on Saturday.
If one of the holidays listed above falls on Saturday, there will be normal collection on Friday.
If one of the holidays listed above falls on Sunday, there will be normal collection on Sunday.
Regular Recycling collection is made on Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day, Election Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.