New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Introduction 1572-2017: Source Separation (Recycling and Composting) in Public Spaces Act

The bill would require waste and recycling receptacles in common areas of buildings be labeled as either “landfill,” “recycling” or “compost.”

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A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring that public spaces in buildings include labeled waste and recycling receptacles


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:


Section 1.  Chapter 1 of title 16 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 16-143 to read as follows:

§ 16-143 Labeling of waste and recycling bins. a. Building spaces that may be accessed by the general public, and the public parts of dwellings, as such term is defined in section 27-2004 of the housing maintenance code, shall include at least one of each of the following receptacles, which shall be labeled as follows:

1. A receptacle intended to collect putrescible and nonputrescible waste, as such terms are defined in section 16-130 of the code, which shall be labeled “Landfill.”

2. A receptacle intended to collect recyclables, which shall be labeled “Recycling.”

3. A receptacle intended to collect food and organic waste, which shall be labeled “Compost.”

b.  Labels shall be placed on the top and side of each receptacle. Such labels shall be in a form approved by the department and shall be at least three inches in height and eight inches in length.    

                           § 2. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law, except that the commissioner of sanitation may take such actions as are necessary for its implementation, including the promulgation of rules, before such effective date.


LS# 2374

4/19/17 3:41 PM

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