NYU is committed to waste minimization through collection services, and upstream solutions through purchasing and IT sustainability, and programs like the Green Events Standard and Green Workplace Certification. 

Chemical and biological waste is handled by NYU's Environmental Health and Safety

Review this page for information related to waste management at the NYU New York campuses.


Mixed Recycling label

Mixed Recycling

CLEAN items only. No food or liquids.

NO: wet paper, batteries or electronics, other glass (such as broken glass or lightbulbs), plastic bags and plastic films, styrofoam

Landfill label


*If there is a compost bin available, please place all food, liquids, and food-soiled paper in the Compost bin.

Organics label


Organics collection is available in most NYU dining halls, the Kimmel Center, and for residents of Washington Square Village and Silver Towers. If you would like to collect food scraps in your apartment or office, you can drop them off at one of the city-wide drop-off sites -- acceptable materials differ from what is listed below.

NO: plastics, styrofoam

If there is no organics bin available, please place all food, liquids, and food-soiled items in the Landfill bin.

E-waste label


Please note NYU IT's guidance around proper reuse and disposal of electronic equipment. E-Waste collection is only available in select locations. 

NO: batteries, light bulbs, damaged or defective devices, DVDs, CDs, or VHS tapes, medical waste

Additional Resources

Request Bin Signage

NYU's recycling team can provide new or additional signage for collection bins. To put in a request for new signage, please complete a Work Request Form.

Please note that E-Waste and Compost bins and signage are only available at select locations.


Please note, this information only pertains to New York City.