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Waste Prevention and Efficient Materials Management Directives

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UPDATE: Many of the policies from this directive have been incorporated into subsequent laws including the environmentally preferable product laws of 2005.

Directive: Mayoral Directive on Waste Prevention and Efficient Materials Management Policies (96-2) (pdf)

Summary: The 1996 Mayoral Directive on Waste Prevention and Efficient Materials Management Policies (96-2) requires NYC Agencies to implement a wide range of waste prevention measures to increase efficiency and reduce costs for City Agency operations, while decreasing the quantity of solid waste disposed of by those Agencies. Measures include various ways to reduce paper waste and packaging, procuring energy efficient and recycled content products, using durable food service items, composting yard waste, reducing the use of toxic products.

History: Directive 96-2 was preceded by other directives including 91-5, 92-5 and 93-2, each focused on specific aspects of waste prevention in government. Directive No. 91-5 (1991), required agencies to use letterhead and business card stock with 50% recycled content and mandated the specification of a minimum recycled content in goods purchased. Directive 92-5 (1992) required agencies to implement specified waste reduction measures in-house and for procurement to reduce the purchase, use and disposal or recycling of paper, paper products, and single-use food items. Directive 93-2 (1993), outlined an implementation plan for city agencies to acquire and use environmental preferable products cost-effectively, and to revise minimum postconsumer content standards for all paper types.

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