Recycling Instructions

The Agency only accepts commercial recycling.  You will be required to show proof of business.

Residents of Ulster County can take their recycling and trash directly to municipal recycling drop off centers (MRDC)/transfer stations. Find a list of these here. Several towns allow non-residents to use their drop-off sites. Most towns require users to purchase an annual permit; call towns for details. Alternatively, residents can hire commercial sanitation companies to pick up trash; look under “garbage removal” in the yellow pages. Residents of the City and the Town of Kingston have curbside pick up for trash and recycling. Recycling instructions for municipal recycling centers are below. Call Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency Recycling Hotline for information at (845) 336-3336.

Businesses with small amounts of trash and recycling (under two cubic yards) can use their municipal transfer station. Large loads of trash should be taken to the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency Regional Transfer Stations located in the Town of Ulster on Route 32 near Route 199/209 and in the Town of New Paltz on Route 32 and Clearwater Road four miles north of the village. Call (845) 336-0600 for details and fees and information on recycling.

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  • ULSTER COUNTY RECYCLING INSTRUCTIONS

    PAPER RECYCLING

    CARDBOARD: BROWN OR GRAY, CORRUGATED. MAY ALSO INCLUDE BROWN PAPER BAGS. NO FOOD SOILED CARDBOARD (PIZZA BOXES) OR OTHER CONTAMINANTS. NO OTHER MATERIALS.

    MIXED PAPER: INCLUDES NEWSPAPER, JUNK MAIL (INCLUDING ENVELOPES, COUPONS, ADS & INSERTS), MAGAZINES/CATALOGS, ALL THIN CARDBOARD (INCLUDING PASTA, CEREAL, CRACKER AND OTHER FOOD BOXES, SHOE BOXES, TISSUE BOXES, PAPER EGG CARTONS, SODA & BEER PACKAGING) PHONE BOOKS, COMPUTER/COPY/FAX PAPER, WRITING/LEDGER PAPER, SCHOOL PAPER, PAPERBACK BOOKS, SHINY/GLOSSY PAPER, GREETING CARDS AND GIFT WRAP WITHOUT METAL FOIL. NO CARBON PAPER OR NON-TEARABLE (“TYVEK”) ENVELOPES. NO TISSUES, NAPKINS, PAPER PLATES OR CUPS. NO PLASTIC OR WAX COATED FOOD BOXES. NO OTHER MATERIALS.

    COMMINGLED RECYCLING

    GLASS: BOTTLES AND JARS ONLY: LIDS REMOVED (MAY RECYCLE METAL LIDS WITH METAL CANS). PLEASE RINSE BOTTLES & JARS. NO OVENWEAR, WINDOW GLASS, DRINKING GLASSES, MIRRORS, OR OTHER NON-CONTAINER GLASS. NO DISHES, CERAMICS OR OTHER NON-GLASS MATERIALS.

    PLASTIC: ALL BOTTLES, JARS, JUGS, TUBS & LIDS (INCLUDING YOGURT, MARGARINE, ETC.). ONLY THESE CONTAINERS WITH THE RESIN NUMBER 1-7 (LOCATED ON THE BOTTOM OF CONTAINER) CAPS AND LIDS ARE ACCEPTABLE. PLEASE RINSE CONTAINERS. NO POLYSTYRENE FOAM, PLASTIC BAGS, TOYS. NO PLASTIC BOTTLES THAT ONCE CONTAINED CHEMICALS. NO MICROWAVABLE FOOD TRAYS. NO OTHER MATERIALS.

    METAL CANS: TIN PLATED STEEL OR ALUMINUM CANS. NO ALUMINUM FOIL. NO ALUMINUM TRAYS. METAL JAR LIDS ARE OKAY, AS ARE TOPS AND BOTTOMS FROM METAL CANS. NO OTHER MATERIALS. PLEASE RINSE CONTAINERS.

    Please note: These are the mandatory materials regulated by law in Ulster County and the State of New York, both at curbside collection and at drop-off centers. Most commercial haulers and town transfer stations are accepting recyclable materials commingled.

    These instructions apply to materials dropped off for recycling at Municipal Transfer Stations in Ulster County and by municipal haulers. Private haulers may use markets having different specifications. Please call your waste hauler directly for specific instructions on how to prepare the recyclables they collect at curbside.