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Posted on: July 12, 2023

The Gedney Recycling Yard - a Model for Modern Day Recycling

Gedney Yard July 10 2023

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Gedney Yard with Commissioner Mignone Video 

What does it mean to Go Green? It means becoming more environmentally aware and changing your behavior and lifestyle to reduce the amount of pollution and waste you generate. The decision to Go Green is a gradual process for most people and governments. In White Plains we are committed to moving toward a greener, more sustainable future because we know that any action we take that contributes to sustainable living makes a positive impact on our environment, our residents, our businesses, and our community.

There are many ways for White Plains residents to recycle

Recycling many of our everyday items is mandatory in Westchester County.

The City of White Plains is pleased to present many options to our residents to make recycling easy. The overall goal is to exponentially decrease the tonnage of items that would enter the waste stream when they are thrown out as trash. 


87 Gedney Way
White Plains, NY 10605
(914) 422-1472


Monday - Saturday:  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Residents and Contractors Allowed)
Sundays: 8 a.m. - Noon (*Residents Only)

The Gedney Yard is Not a Dump!

Rather, it is a recycling facility that temporarily stores a wide variety of items that are ultimately recycled in various ways.

The Gedney Recycling Yard is a lesson in environmental transformation and a  model of modern-day recycling.

Gedney Recycling Yard provides a variety of resources to assist White Plains residents with their recycling goals and which ultimately protect our air, water, and soil.

Recycling drop-off areas located in the Gedney Yard accept the following items:

Co-mingled and  Paper Recycling

  • Bottles, cans and jars and plastics (numbered 1-7) - Rinse them clean before putting in the recycle bin.
  • Newspapers, magazines, cardboard 
  • Cartons are recyclable in White Plains by placing them in your curbside recycling with bottles and cans. Gable top (half & half/juice) and aseptic containers (stock/shelf stable liquids), should be rinsed and caps should be secured before placing them in your recycling container.
  • Electronic Items such as radios, TV's, VCR's and cell phones  
  • Yard Debris (grass clippings, brush, small twigs, leaves)
  • NOTE: Bottles, cans, and containers should be loose, not bagged, for recycling. PLASTIC BAGS ARE NEVER ALLOWED IN RECYCLING  
    (Return plastic bags to your local grocery store.)
  • For answers to frequently asked questions, Westchester County offers the following guide.

Glass Recycling Tips

Did you know that certain forms of glass are not accepted in your home recycling bin? Because of the varying makeup of different types of glass, items such as wine glasses, assorted drinking cups, mirrors, light bulbs, and ceramics (whether broken, or whole) cannot be recycled. The only glass that should be placed into your recycling bin includes glass bottles and jars.

Food Scrap Recycling/Food Scrap Composting Program

Did you know that food waste constitutes 22% of residential solid waste?  The City of White Plains now offers residential food scrap recycling as part of our continuing commitment to divert waste from incineration and increase recycling. Drop off your food scraps to:

Gedney Recycling Yard
87 Gedney Way in White Plains
Mon-Sat 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sundays (Residents Only) 8:30 a.m. - Noon.

How to Recycle Food Scraps 

COLLECT your food scraps in a designated pail; all food is accepted, but should not be mixed with non-food or non-compostables, as described in the Non-Accepted Items section below. Although not required, you may line your pail with a certified compostable bag – plastic bags are not accepted in any recycling program.

Accepted Food Recycling Items 

ALL Food Waste, Including:

• Fruits and Vegetables (remove stickers, bands, ties)
* Meat and Poultry (bones ok)
* Fish and Shellfish (shells ok)
• Dairy Products
• Bread and Pasta
• Rice and Grains
• Egg Shells
• Chips and Snacks
• Nuts and Seeds
• Leftover, Spoiled and Expired Food (cooked ok)

Other Acceptable Items (If in doubt, ask before contaminating your food scrap recyclables):

• Coffee Grounds (paper filters ok)
• Tea Bags (no staples)
• Paper Towels and Napkins
• Cut flowers (not landscaping waste)
• Compostable Bags

Food Items Not Accepted 

It is important not to include the following items, as they will contaminate your food scrap recyclables: 

• Plastic Bags
• Baby/Hand Wipes
• Diapers
• Glass, Metal or Plastic
• Pet Waste or Kitty Litter

Textile Recycling Pod

The City is partnering with HELPSY, a White Plains textile recycling company that either redistributes the fabrics or up-cycles them into other uses, rather than sending them to landfills. Drop off any fabric that is clean and dry.   

Free Compost, Mulch and Logs* (When Available)

These supplies are available to White Plains residents at the Gedney Way drop off area Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. -  4:00* p.m., Sundays  8 a.m. - 11:30* a.m.  (Sundays are for residents only; no landscapers)

*This allows enough time for residents to load their vehicles with materials prior to closing time.

** When available, Bulk delivery of compost and mulch may be arranged by calling 914-422-1202.  

AND so much more.....  For a comprehensive look at the Gedney Recycling Yard visit:  Gedney-Recycling-Yard  on the City's website.

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