Businesses would have to offer up recycling and compost bins alongside their trash cans under a new bill set to be introduced in the City Council this week.
The legislation introduced by Councilman Ben Kallos would cover stores, restaurants, office building lobbies and all other public buildings where New Yorkers now often only have the option to trash paper and plastic items that could be recycled.
Currently, only a dismal 19% of commercial trash gets recycled. Kallos (D-Manhattan) said it’s easy to see on visits to other cities that New York has fallen way behind.
Compost is currently only collected in limited parts of the city, which would complicate efforts to separate it.
Kallos will also introduce a bill Tuesday to require the city to set a goal of sending no waste to landfills by 2030.
The legislation would require the city to produce a report explaining the failure if it cannot achieve the goal.