2002-10-10 / Top Stories

New Recycling Law Begins

Enforcement Next Week

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced that, effective October 15, the Sanitation Department will begin enforcement of the city’s new recycling regulations that took effect on July 1, requiring all residents, superintendents, and building owners to recycle designated metal and paper recyclables. Budget tightening measures have resulted in the temporary suspension of plastic for one year and glass for two years.

Residents, building owners, and manages can continue to use blue bags, blue containers, or blue labeled containers for their metal recyclables. However, the Department recommends the use of clear bags for recycling metal. For paper recycling, green containers of green-labeled containers or clear bags can be used. The current recycling collection schedule for paper and metal remains the same throughout the five boroughs.

The Sanitation Department’s Enforcement Division will write notices of violation:

•If metal is fixed with regular garbage (which now includes glass and plastic) or paper recyclables;

•If metal recyclables are placed at the curb on non-recycling collection days;

•If metal recyclables are placed in improper containers or bags; or

•If non-recyclable metals are mixed with designated metal recyclables.

Fines start at $25 and can go up to $100. The enforcement of paper recyclables has not changed and continues to be enforced.

Bulk recycling for large metal appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, hot water heaters, etc. will continue as usual. Residents must schedule a CFC removal appointment before placing refrigerators, water coolers, air conditioners, etc. containing Freon out for collection. Appointments can be made by calling the Sanitation Action Center at (212) 219-8090 or by visiting the Department’s website www.nyc.gov/sanitation. For safety reasons, all doors on refrigerators and freezers must be removed.

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