Rigid Plastics a Recyclable Material

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Friday, July 5, 2013
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Statement of Basis and Purpose


The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation (the "Department") is authorized to adopt rules pursuant to sections 753(a) and (b) of the New York City Charter relating to the removal and disposition of various items from the City's streets and sidewalks, as well as rules specifying what items will be collected by the Department and the manner in which those items are arranged or sorted. Additionally, section 16-305(c) of the New York City Administrative Code requires the Sanitation Commissioner to designate rigid plastics containers as a recyclable material to be source separated (i.e. sorted and set out by residents) and collected from the Department-managed waste stream prior to delivery of Department-managed recyclables to the Sims Group recycling processing facility being constructed at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. This new recycling processing facility is scheduled to open and be operational in 2013.


Besides traditional food containers, there are many other consumer items made of rigid plastic that the Department intends to capture in its recycling collection program. The purpose of this rule is to designate an expanded category of rigid plastic items as recyclable material to be source separated and set out by residents for collection by the Department.