Dial 311

Getting to the core of the Big Apple -- local government -- and the agencies, community organizations and NGOs that keep the city going, and you going in it...


More Truth in Recycling: Can You Handle It?
For Earth Day, I decided to further my quest for truth in recycling, this time taking a cold, hard look at my own numbers: How do I measure up when it comes to my own recycling habits? I continue to learn I’m not nearly as green as I think I am.

Truth in Recycling NYC
New Yorkers put out between 366,000 and 423,000 tons of mixed-paper recyclables and between 250,000 and 331,000 tons of bottle-and-can recyclables each year. But are you recycling correctly? And what if you're not? Can you do more harm than good if you recycle something you shouldn’t? (18 April 2013)

Guide to Recycling NYC, Part 1
This first part of a three-part series spotlighting resources available at Wastele$$, a comprehensive guide to recycling in the city, links you to the online facts on household recyclables, including how to separate and sort them for effective curbside recycling. (18 April 2013)


Find My Community Board
It's easy to feel like you're not being heard in a city as cacophonous as New York, but don't give up. If you have concerns about your neighborhood -- too many rats on the block, a high-rise development proposal that will mar the local character -- voice them at the next public meeting of your local Community Board. Use this guide to locate yours. (3 June 2006)

Go Here to Volunteer: NYC Service
Give back to the city that has given you so much. Volunteer for one of the its 38+ service initiatives. Browse or search for the opportunity that matches your skills and interests.
This link opens in a new window on an external site. (15 April 2013)