Recycling Requirements for Entities that Receive Private Carter Collection

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Monday, August 1, 2016
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule


Businesses in New York City are required to recycle in accordance with the Department of Sanitation’s commercial recycling rules promulgated pursuant to Local Law No. 87 of 1992, which amended §16-306 of the Administrative Code. Private carters, which collect and dispose of putrescible and non-putrescible waste from commercial waste generators, must recycle designated recyclable materials, including paper, cardboard, metal, glass and plastic.


These rules revise the City’s current commercial recycling rules to simplify the requirements, and make them easier for businesses to understand.  Currently, not all businesses are required to recycle the same materials.  Eliminating the distinction and applying the same rules for all businesses will facilitate greater recycling participation and make recycling easier for the business community.  In addition, allowing all designated recyclable materials including metal, glass, plastic, paper and cardboard to be placed in the same bag or bin by the business generator (“single stream recycling”) and prohibiting private carters from placing any source separated recyclables material with refuse in the same compartment of a waste hauling truck, will help make commercial recycling easier and can significantly increase the diversion of recyclables.


These rules:


·       Amend §1-01 by adding, amending and removing relevant definitions;

·       Make technical amendments to §1-02 (collection service), §1-08 (residential recycling) and §1-09 (agency and institutional recycling); 

·       Designate a standard set of recyclable materials that all businesses that receive private-carter collection are required to recycle, including but not limited to, metal, glass, plastic, paper and cardboard, consistent with the requirements for New York City residents;

·       Prohibit the commingling of any designated recyclable materials with solid waste;

·       Allow private carters, in addition to separate pick-up of designated recyclable materials, to utilize single stream collection and recycling or the co-collection of recyclables;

·       Require any generator of private carter collected waste to post a sign identifying: 1) its private carter(s); 2) by type, each designated recyclable material that will be collected by each private carter, and; 3) if such private carter will be utilizing single stream collection and recycling or co-collection of recyclables;

·       Provide implementation and notice requirements for owners, net lessees, or persons-in-charge who arrange for private carter collection, and set forth recycling requirements for their tenants and occupants;

·       Set forth responsibilities of operators of non-putrescible and putrescible solid waste transfer stations; and

·       Provide for the enforcement of such rules in accordance with the New York City Administrative Code.




DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in sections 753 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter and section 16-306 of the New York City Administrative Code.