The NYS Rechargeable Battery Law (Law), Article 27, Title 18 of the Environmental Conservation Law makes it illegal to throw rechargeable batteries in the trash. See the charts below to see what types of batteries are accepted at the County’s Household Material Recovery Facility in Valhalla. Lithium ion batteries are an increasing cause of fires in Westchester and across the country. Check out the County's Department of Emergency Services' video on Lithium ion battery safe practices, as well as their website for more safety tips.
Bureau of Sanitation (914) 422-1217
The Bureau of Sanitation provides solid waste collection for White Plains residents on an established schedule. It also provides weekly paper and co-mingled (mixed bottles, cans and jars, including plastics labeled 1-7) recycling collection for residents and some (small) commercial buildings.
DPW adheres to New York State and Westchester County imposed recycling and waste reduction goals. There are some items that the City is not allowed to collect, under guidelines from Westchester County, however the County does provide additional opportunities for recycling and disposal which may be viewed on the Westchester County website.
Can I Recycle That?
Whether you are hosting a party or just living your best life, cleanups entail knowing how to recycle correctly, and recognize what can go in your home recycling bin and what cannot.
Wrapping Papers, Boxes & Ribbons
Boxes and Ribbons
There are so many wrapping paper options these days, consider a greener wrapping option, and our environment will thank you!
As you switch out of the old and welcome the new, please remember to recycle your old electronics responsibly.
Examples of common electronic equipment that must be recycled:
- Computers (desktops, laptops, e-readers, tablets, etc.)
- Computer peripherals (mice, keyboards, monitors, printers, etc.)
- Small electronic equipment (DVR's, DVD players, MP3 players, video game consoles, etc.)
It is illegal to dispose of these and other covered electronic equipment (CEE) in the trash under New York's Electronic Waste law.
How to recycle electronics:
Visit DEC's Consumer Electronic Waste Recycling web page for information on all available recycling/reuse opportunities.
Manufacturers of CEE are required to provide consumers a free and convenient opportunity to recycle their equipment or one piece of CEE from another manufacturer with the purchase of the same type. Depending on a specific manufacturer's acceptance program, CEE recycling/reuse opportunities may include: permanent collection locations, local collection events, mailback programs, or at-home pickup (when no other free and convenient option is offered).
Questions or concerns? Contact the E-waste Recycling Team.
- Glassware and ceramic dishes should not go into your home recycling bin. Drinking glasses, dinnerware, and baking dishes, whether whole or in pieces, should not be put in your home recycling bin. However, glass items like empty food jars are usually acceptable to put in your home recycling bin.
- Recycle metal cans and plastic bottles. You may have steel cans from cranberry sauce or jugs and bottles of juice and milk. Empty metal cans and empty plastic bottles and jugs can also typically go in your home recycling bin.
- Leave the liquids behind. Show your thanks for recycling and recycling workers by making sure food scraps and liquids are not disposed of in your recycling bin.
- Soiled pie pans DO NOT get recycled. Soiled disposable foil bakeware and pans, such as those used for pies, casseroles, and breads, should not go in your recycling bin.
- Check before you toss. If you’re unsure if an item can go in your recycling bin, check your municipality’s recycling rules or those provided by your recycling hauler.
NOTE: The City is unable to pick up household renovation debris i.e. doors, fencing, siding, toilets, bathtubs. If you are having work done in or around your house, you may want to arrange for proper disposal with your contractor or, for your convenience, Westchester County has provided a list of Licensed Private Transfer Stations and Processing Facilities you may contact directly.
Household & Rechargeable Batteries
Cell Phone Disposal Guidelines
In New York State, any business that sells mobile phones or mobile phone plans must accept cell phones for recycling. All types of cell phones must be accepted for recycling, from any member of the public. Businesses must accept up to 10 phones a year per person from any person wishing to recycle phones.
Large Appliances and Metal Items
DPW recycles large household scrap metal items which are also known as "white goods." Call 914-422-1217 if you have a boiler, refrigerator, stove, metal bed frame, metal shelving or other large metal item to schedule an appointment before placing items at the curb.
NOTE: The City temporarily stores all E-waste items and "white goods" at the Gedney Way Recycling Yard.
Call 914-422-1217 to schedule an appointment for pick up. Do not leave items at the curb other than on your scheduled day of pick up. Alternatively, residents may bring their TV's or computer equipment to the Gedney Recycling Yard.
You may drop off small electronic items at the Gedney Recycling Yard.
Bulk Pick up
See Regular vs. Automated Side Loader Information.
Due to possible infestations of bed bugs, the City requires all mattress to be wrapped in plastic and sealed (with tape) in order for Sanitation to remove them.
NOTICE: If you have items scheduled for pick up and they were NOT picked up by 2 p.m. on that day, please call Sanitation at 914-422-1217 at your earliest convenience.
Please do not leave uncollected items at the curb
They are unsightly and
This violates the City's Municipal Code
Sign Up to Receive Change of Schedule Notices
During most holiday weeks there may be a disruption in the schedule. It is advised to check the schedule for any temporary changes during holiday weeks. You may also sign up for the White Plains Alerts, Community Notification System to receive phone or text messages that will alert you to changes in the Sanitation/Recycling schedule.