Recycling Rates in Long Island

Different groups and institutions calculate recycling rates in different ways, but most look at the tonnage recycled as a percentage of the overall tonnage of waste product produced. See calculated recycling rates as well as recycling program ratings for regions of Long Island, below.

 

2015 Recycling Rates

The following charts first appeared in a Newsday article Long Island’s infamous garbage barge of 1987 still influences laws – Newsday, published March 22, 2017. The charts outline Long Island municipalities (Local Solid Waste Management Planning Units) recycling behavior and recycling rates in 2015.

Source: Solid waste and recycling on Long Island – Newsday

 

2009 Recycling Rates

The following rates are taken from an exhaustive report from Stony Brook University’s Waste Reduction and Management Institute under the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. The report is titled “Recycling on Long Island 2009: A report on municipal programs in Nassau and Suffolk Counties,” prepared by Krista L. Greene, Omkar Aphale, General Ntshalintshali, Prateek Nayak, R. Lawrence Swanson, and David J. Tonjes.

Link to report: Recycling on Long Island 2009

Source: Recycling on Long Island

 

2009 Recycling Grades by Municipality

The following grades were issued by Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment as the result of a 2009 study of recycling programs across the island (13 towns, and 2 cities).

Link to the report: Long Island Recycling 2009

Source: Long Island Recycling 2009

 

2008 Recycling Grades by Municipality

The following grades were issued by Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment as the result of a 2008 study of recycling programs across the island (13 towns, and 2 cities).

Link to the report: Long Island Recycling 2008