(516) 755-1839

The Sanitation & 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. It currently services 79,000 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.

With the State’s largest fleet of dedicated recycling vehicles, glass, alums, aluminum, tin, plastics, newspapers, magazines and advertising mail are collected on a weekly basis. Residents are issued a 20-gallon yellow S.O.R.T. recycling container, into which glass, metal and plastics are placed.

Recycling Hotline – (516)755-1839
Requests For Information, New Pail Requests, Etc
5:30 Am – 3:30pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

What is Recycled

Metal
Only food & beverage cans. Remove food residue & labels. Put in S.O.R.T. pail.
O.K. ITEMS: Food Cans, Juice Cans, Beverage Cans, Pet Food Cans.
No oil cans, paint cans, aerosol cans, wire clothes hangers, aluminum chair frames, steel & aluminum pipes, license plates, pots & pans.

Glass
Only food & beverage bottles & jars. Remove food residue (labels need not be removed.) Put in S.O.R.T. pail.
O.K. ITEMS: Juice Bottles, Beverage Bottles, Food Bottles & Jars, Liquor & Wine Bottles
No ceramic glass, items made of clay, drinking glasses, light bulbs, home or auto window glass, mirrors, serving dishes

Plastic
Only rigid plastics. Remove food residue & caps. Crush bottles & jugs if possible. Put in S.O.R.T. pail.
O.K. ITEMS: Soft Drink Bottles, Milk & Water Jugs, Detergent, Fabric Softener , & Other Laundry Product Bottles, Shampoo, Conditioner, Liquid Soap & Cleanser Bottles, Salad Dressing Bottles, Syrup, Ketchup & Mustard Squeeze Bottles.
No Styrofoam products (foam cups, plates, packing material,) plastic eating utensils, plastic wraps or food wrappers, flower pots, seedling containers, toys with metal parts, hangers, disposable diapers, hypodermic needles, plastic bags, cardboard milk cartons.

Yard Waste
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.

Phonebooks, Newspaper & Newspaper Inserts
Tie securely with twine in separate bundles. Place next to S.O.R.T. pail.
Do Not put in brown paper or plastic bags (this is really bad!)

Magazines / Mixed Paper (Advertising Mail)
Only recyclable when bundled & tied with twine SEPARATELY from newspapers.
O.K. ITEMS: Magazines, Catalogs, Color Inserts, Advertising Mail, School Paper, Office Paper, Envelopes (with or without cellophane windows) Brown Envelopes and Telephone Books.
NO Hardcover Books, Paperback Books, Food Boxes, NO Newsprint (newspapers should be bundled & tied separate from MAGAZINES AND MIXED PAPER bundles), NO Corrugated Boxes or Carbon Paper.

Thank you for being a good S.O.R.T.!

If in doubt about an item leave it out and call the Department of Public Works Sanitation and Recycling Collection Division S.O.R.T. HOTLINE:

Recycling Hotline – (516)755-1839
5:30 am – 3:30pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Rules and Regulations
Product labels may be left on glass bottles, but must be removed from metal cans. Newspapers should be tied separately in bundles not exceeding 12 inches and placed on the top of, or along side, the container. Magazines and advertising mail should also be tied in bundles not exceeding 12 inches and placed on top of, or along side, the container.

Leaf Collection
Call the Sanitation division for the Leaf Collection Schedule (516) 677-5848.

Holiday Schedule
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 colelction 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.