Recycling Information (S.O.R.T.)

Recycling Information (S.O.R.T.)


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.  The Town’s recycling program 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 yellow S.O.R.T container that is 32 gallon capacity or smaller.  Various plastic materials and metal containers can be placed inside.


Including aluminum, tin, steel

Rinse beverage and food cans, aluminum foil and pans and empty aerosol cans

NO cans of paint, no bed frames or long poles


All hard plastics labeled #1 or #2 are recyclable in your yellow pail.

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

NO plastic chairs

NO plastic toys


All paper products should be placed beside your pail or in a separate recycling container (they can also be placed in a clean cardboard box beside your recycling pail).

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

Larger cardboard can be broken down to 4 feet lengths and tied next to pail

Includes egg cartons (no Styrofoam) and cereal boxes

PLEASE remove all packing material, foam peanuts and bubble wrap from cardboard (these materials are not recyclable)


NO waxed paper

NO coated paper containers, including milk containers (plastic jugs okay)

NO food contaminated containers, including pizza boxes

Recycling Hotline – (516) 677-5745

Requests for Information and New Pail Requests

5:00 am – 3:30pm

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday


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.

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 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.

Questions? Call the Recycling Division at (516) 677-5745