See: recycling in nyc
Law: NYC Administrative Code (Title 16: Sanitation, Chapter 3: Solid Waste Recycling)
Rules: Rules of the City of New York (Title 16: Department of Sanitation, Chapter 1: Collection)
Summary: The New York City Recycling Law, originally enacted in 1989 as Local Law 19, established the overarching "policy of the city to promote the recovery of materials from the New York City solid waste stream for the purpose of recycling such materials and returning them to the economy". This Law mandates recycling in NYC by residents, agencies, institutions, and businesses, including the designation of what materials are to be considered recyclable, the recovery of those materials, tonnages of recyclable materials that must be recycled annually, and responsibilities of each relevant party. The Rules were developed by DSNY to detail the requirements, operations, implementation and enforcement of mandated recycling including residential, agency and institutional, commercial, yard waste, and street events.
Local Law 40 of 2010 establishes diversion rates through 2020 for department managed waste.
The NYC Recycling Law has been amended several times. For additional amendments, please see the appropriate section in the lefthand navigation for specific amendments.
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