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NYC Unlawful Removal and Acceptance
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Law: NYC Administrative Code leaving NYCWasteLess (Title 16: Sanitation, Unlawful Removal and Acceptance of Recyclable Material)

Summary: Originally part of Local Law 50 of 2007, the law has been amended as Local Law 56 of 2013. The updated law increases fines for theft of recyclables and more clearly defines the laws around scavenging. The law states that except for an authorized employee or agent of the department, it shall be unlawful for any person to remove and transport by motor vehicle any recyclable material that has been placed by any owner, tenant or occupant of any residential building, building occupied by city agencies or institutions, or vacant lot, or by their agent, within the stoop area, adjacent to the curb line or otherwise adjacent to such building or lot for collection or removal by the department. It also states that no person shall receive for storage, collection or processing recyclable material or department-marked item generated within the city of New York from any person other than an authorized employee or agent of the department or other authorized entity (see complete law for details). In addition, no person shall receive for storage, collection or processing any refrigerant-containing item that has not had such refrigerant lawfully removed by a person authorized to remove refrigerants.

Also see: nyc refrigerant recycling law

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