York City mayor signs package of recycling legislation into law
New York City Mayor Bloomberg signed a package
of recycling bills that will revolutionize recycling in New York
City through a variety of initiatives including expanded plastic
recycling, a new clothing and textile recycling program, and
improved public space recycling. The package of legislation represents
the first significant expansion of the city’s residential recycling
program since it was created in 1989. Initiatives are listed
Int. 156 – Improves recycling at City agencies by requiring each
agency to establish sustainability coordinators and to implement
plans to expand recycling with each agency.
Int. 165 – Requires schools to designate a recycling coordinator
and provide recycling receptacles in each classroom and at other
Int. 158 – Requires the Department of Sanitation (DOS) to site
300 new recycling bins in public spaces over the next three years,
and a total of 700 bins within the next ten years.
Int. 162 – Mandates at least one DOS sponsored household hazardous
waste collection event in each borough per year, with a long
– term goal of increasing the number of events, or making such
Int. 148 – Expands plastic recycling to cover all rigid plastic
containers, including such items as yogurt tubs, take out containers
and medicine bottles.
Int. 147 – Improves recycling education, enforcement, and fine
Int. 142 – Extends the DOS collection period from March 1 – November
30 beginning in 2012, and requires DOS to establish leaf and
yard waste composting facilities in all boroughs where the Department
provides yard waste compost collection.
Int. 141 – Requires DOS to complete a study of commercial recycling
Int. 142 – Establishes a voluntary take back program for retailers
and manufacturers of unused residential paint.
Int. 164 – Improves recycling reporting requirements and requires
additional studies to enhance the City’s recycling programs.
Int. 171 – Requires a report to study ways to improve food waste
composting in New York City.