See: dsny fall leaf composting collection program; landscaper waste
UPDATE: The New York City Council passed 11 Local Laws in 2010 to update and expand the NYC Recycling Laws. See Amendments for changes specific to the NYC Yard Waste Composting Law
Law: NYC Administrative Code (Search for Title 16, Chapter 3, Subchapter 2, Section 16-308: Yard Waste and Subchapter 6, Section 16-324: Enforcement) PDF Version
Rules: Rules of the City of New York (Search for Title 16, Chapter 1, Section 1-08(h)(3): Yard Waste Material) PDF Version
Summary: The NYC Yard Waste Composting Law, enacted as Local Law 40 of 2006 , amended the NYC Recycling Law to further define the legal yard waste curbside set-out requirements for NYC residents, and how yard waste generated by landscapers and city agencies (such as the NYC Dept of Parks and Recreation ) is supposed to be handled and transported to permitted composting facilities. The law also details penalties for non-compliance and bans the disposal of yard waste during selected times of year.
The Rules developed by DSNY detail the collection, removal, and handling of yard waste from residential buildings.
Amendments: Local Law 50 of 2003 temporarily suspended yard waste collection by DSNY from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004. Local Law 37 of 2010 updates the Yard Waste Composting Law to require DSNY to provide leaf and yard waste collection at NYC Housing Authority residential buildings, and composting of leaf and yard waste source-separated by City Agencies. DSNY is required to compost the leaf and yard waste it collects at one or more composting facilities operated by DSNY or on behalf of DSNY with the goal of eventually siting at least one facility in every borough where leaf and yard waste is collected. The law also requires annual reporting from all permitted composting facilities in the city and bans the disposal of grass clippings by residents during designated yard waste collection periods.
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