Being a Newyoker, I can assure you that the second most thing we hate is missed trash day. Well, a missed taxi still remains at first!

What day is trash day in NYC? And most importantly, trash pickup delayed on holidays are the two primary concerns of every homeowner right now. 

And we’re here to help you with that!


In this article, we will guide you in detail about NYC trash pickup, recycling, bulky collection, and holiday schedule. So, sit back and keep on reading to never miss your garbage day again.

1. Garbage Pickup NYC 2024

New York City has the most convenient and quick garbage pickup service. Garbage and large items are collected every other week. Here’s how you can find your schedule:

  • Navigate to the NYC sanitation department website. (Click here)
  • Type your address in the search bar.
  • Your curbside collection, recycling, and large item pickup schedule will appear.
Garbage Pickup NYC 2023

Residential trash is collected from 8 am to 9 am and from 6 pm to 7 pm. Keep in mind that curbside composting service is only available in Queens and selected areas of Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. 

2. NYC Sanitation Holidays 2024

New York garbage collection is delayed on a total of 13 holidays. No curbside service will be provided on the following holidays:

Martin Luther King Jr. DayMonday, January 15
Lincoln’s BirthdayMonday, February 12
Presidents’ DayMonday, February 19
Memorial DayMonday, May 27
JuneteenthWednesday, June 19
Independence DayThursday, July 4
Labor DayMonday, September 2
Columbus DayMonday, October 14
Election DayTuesday, November 5
Veterans DayMonday, November 11
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 28
Christmas DayWednesday, December 25
Near Year’s DayWednesday, January 1

If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then there’ll be no delay and regular curbside pickup as scheduled. Now, the next holiday will be on Juneteenth, Monday 19th June. So, there will be no pickup on Juneteenth.

3. NYC Bulk Pickup

Large items are collected on regular bases, and residents can get rid of heavy trash easily.


Like the rest of the US, construction debris pickup service will not be provided.

  • Only 6 large items are allowed.
  • Seal the mattress and box springs in plastic to avoid fines.
  • Cut the carpets, lumber, and rugs into 2×4 feet pieces.
  • Reuse old furniture, if possible. Otherwise, place it on the curbside on your regular trash day.
  • Metal and plastic appliances will not be collected as bulky trash.

Though, every other day is NYC bulk pickup day. But to find your exact schedule, click here

4. Got Large Items That City Won’t Pick Up? You Need To Hire Junk Removal Service!

The city won’t accept dirt or construction debris. But there are several junk removal companies that will collect any type of big trash, charging a small fee. Here’s the list of the top 7 junk removal companies in NYC and neighboring areas:

Company NameContact Info
The Junkluggers of New York City718 -865 -3388
1-800-GOT-JUNK? Manhattan800 -468 -5865
Flat Rate Junk Removal718 -874 -0067
Cleanout Brooklyn646 -427 -7881
College Hunks Hauling Junk973 -287 -3030
Cleanout Express718 -658 -0979
Mac Junk Removal877 -622 -5865

Keep in mind that these haulers will charge fees depending on the size and weight of your bulky items. 

5. NYC Recycling Pickup 2024

Recyclables are collected from the curbside on the first week of every month. To learn more about NYC recycling pickup, click here.

  • Green bins are for mixed paper
  • Blue bins are for metal, glass, plastic, and beverage cartons

It is worth mentioning that publicly placed bins with green and blue lids are not for household recycling. 

NYC Recycling Set-Up Rules

There is no limit for recyclables. You can place as many recycling bags as you need. The only condition is that the carts or bags must be placed correctly.

  • Place carts between 6 pm and midnight if they’re secured with a lid
  • Place bags curbside between 8 pm to midnight

If you don’t place your carts as per the rules, you’ll receive a ticket for every violation.

6. NYC Christmas Tree Pickup

Each year, NYC Sanitation collects Christmas trees in the month of January. All residents can drop off their live trees at the nearest park.


If you want to enjoy the essence of Christmas for a bit longer, you can keep your tree and later place it into your regular garbage cart without any prior permission.

7. Important Contacts

NYC Sanitation Phone Number: 212-639-9675, 212-360-3520, and 646-885-0913

For Any Change In Schedule: Follow the NYC Sanitation on Twitter for the latest updates or any change in the collection schedule.  

Wrapping It Up!

In New York City, residential garbage is collected every other day. The cherry on top is that there is no limit for carts. Once your cart is filled, you can put refuse in the bag and place it next to your cart.

Recyclables are collected on the first Monday of every month, while up to 6 large items are allowed with regular trash day. 

Pickup is delayed one day on holidays. Don’t forget to place your cart to the curb on time, and if you miss your NYC trash day, call 311 right away.



Jimmy Carter specializes in providing up-to-date information on trash schedules for cities and states across the USA. With a passion for community service and sustainability, Jimmy is committed to helping people reduce their environmental impact and keep their neighborhoods clean.

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