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					Recent Revisions to New York City’s
   Residential Recycling Law
       Jarret Hova & Daniel Avery
          New York City Council
    Committee on Sanitation and Solid
           Waste Management
            New York City
    Residential Recycling Program
• Original law enacted in 1989
• Largest residential recycling program in the
  country
• All residential and institutional collection
  conducted by NYC’s Department of Sanitation
      New Recycling Initiatives
I. New Designated Materials and Recycling
     Programs
II. Programmatic Changes and Improvements
III. Outreach, Education and Enforcement
IV. Studies and Reports
I. New Designated Materials and
      Recycling Programs
    I. New Designated Materials and
               Programs
• Plastic Recycling - LL No. 35 (Fidler)
  – Scope: Begin recycling all rigid plastic containers.
  – Timing: Upon opening the Sims recycling facility
    (expected to open in 2012).
  – Gives commissioner degree of discretion in
    negotiating expansion.
    I. New Designated Materials and
              Programs
• Public Recycling - LL No. 38 (Lappin)
  – Public Space MGP & P Recycling Bins - Site 300 new
    bins within the next three years and a total of 700 bins
    within ten years.
     • At the time, there were about 300 public space recycling
       bins.
  – Textile Recycling Bins - Establishes a citywide textile
    collection program by siting deposit bins on city-
    owned or city-managed property and on private
    property throughout the city.
    I. New Designated Materials and
              Programs
• Household Hazardous Waste - LL No. 39
  (Mark-Viverito)
  – Mandates one department-sponsored collection
    event in each borough per year.
• Paint Recycling Pilot - LL No. 33 (Ferreras)
  – Establishes a voluntary manufacturer and retailer
    take-back program for unwanted household paint.
II. Programmatic Changes
      II. Programmatic Changes
• Recycling Requirements and Reports - LL No.
  40 (Palma)
  – Annual public report detailing the recycling totals
    for all materials required to be recycled under City
    and State law.
    II. Programmatic Changes
LL 40 (Cont.)
– Two Ways to Count Diversion Rates:
– First: set of percentage diversion goals for
  recyclable material that the department collects
  (metal, glass, plastic and paper);
– Second: set of percentage diversion goals for all
  materials that are recycled from residences in the
  city regardless of department collection (e-waste,
  textiles, HHW, bottles recycled under the State’s
  bottle bill, etc.).
    II. Programmatic Changes
LL 40 (Cont.)
– Establishes contingencies if City fails to meet
  either set of recycling goals:
   • Failure to meet one goal = expand outreach and
     education; consult with Council to improve recycling
     program;
   • Failure to meet two consecutive goals = appoint a
     special consultant to issue a report recommending how
     City can meet recycling goals.
     II. Programmatic Changes
• Recycling at City Schools - LL No. 41 (Public
  Advocate De Blasio)
  – Every school within DOE
     • Submit school-specific recycling plans;
     • Designate a school recycling coordinator; and
     • Provide recycling receptacles in each classroom and
       other locations such as entrances and lunch rooms.
  – Applies similar requirements to non-DOE schools.
      II. Programmatic Changes
• Recycling at City Agencies - LL No. 36 (James)
  – Requires each agency to designate a recycling
    coordinator and to implement plans to increase
    recycling in all City agencies receiving department
    collection.
      II. Programmatic Changes
• Yard Waste Composting - LL No. 37
  (Koslowitz)
  – Resumes yard waste composting collection no
    later than July, 2012.
  – Extends the duration of collection: March 1 – July
    31 and September 1 – November 30.
  – Grass clipping disposal ban.
  – DOS to collect yard waste from NYCHA facilities.
III. Improved Outreach, Education
         and Enforcement
  Improved Outreach, Education and
            Enforcement
• LL No. 34 (Fidler)
  – Outreach and Education:
     • Comprehensive guide to the residential recycling
       program;
     • Expands the scope of buildings that must provide a
       designated recycling space for tenants;
     • Requires building owners to distribute a recycling guide
       to residents at the inception of every lease;
     • Establishes a program to train owners and employees
       of buildings with 9 or more units that receive three
       tickets in one year.
III. Improved Outreach, Education and
             Enforcement
 – Enforcement:
   • Previously:
      – 1st Offense: $25; 2nd Offense: $50; 3rd Offense: $100;
      – no distinction between large vs. small or commercial vs.
        residential;
   • New law:
      – Two tiers based on number of units;
      – Increases fines for larger buildings and commercial buildings;
      – 1-8 units – 1st Offense: $25; 2nd Offense: $50; 3rd Offense:
        $100;
      – 9 or more units and non-residential buildings - 1st Offense:
        $100; 2nd Offense: $200; 3rd Offense: $400.
IV. Reports and Studies
       IV. Reports and Studies
• Food Waste Composting Study - LL No. 42
  (Rose)
  – Study methods for expanding capacity to compost
    residential and commercial food waste.
• Commercial Recycling Study - LL No. 32
  (Eugene)

				
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