On hiatus since Hurricane Sandy hit, New York City resumed collecting recycling for residents on Nov. 11, the Department of Sanitation said.
The collection of cardboard, metals, plastics and glass was suspended so those collection vehicles could aid in the cleanup of areas hardest hit by the storm in the neighborhoods around Staten Island and southern Brooklyn and Queens.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the department had collected 250,000 tons of debris and will continue to work 12-hour shifts until the job is completed.
Meanwhile, the U.S. EPA, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Suffolk County announced that they will begin to collect and properly dispose of potentially hazardous common household products from flood-damaged homes in the county, which includes Queens and Brooklyn.
There are drop-off locations set up for collections.
"The EPA is urging people to separate potentially hazardous products from their regular trash and bring them to one of the newly established drop-off locations or place them on the curb in areas with curbside pickup," said EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, in a statement.