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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

Food scraps and other organic waste make up more than one-third of all commercial waste in New York City. Diverting this material from landfills to use for soil enhancing compost, or as an energy source in aerobic and anaerobic digesters, is a key component of the City’s goal of sending zero waste to landfills by the year 2030. 

 

Under Local Law 146 of 2013, codified in §16-306.1 of the New York City Administrative Code, the Sanitation Commissioner must evaluate, at least annually, whether there exists sufficient regional organics waste processing capacity to require that certain food-generating businesses in the City, or a subset of them, must engage in alternative methods for handling organic waste separated by the businesses. 

 

DSNY determined that there is currently sufficient organics processing capacity available to allow for an increase in food waste diversion, and will expand the existing requirement to additional large food-generating businesses in the city. These businesses will be required to separate their organic waste for collection and handling by their private carters, transport organic waste themselves, or manage it on-site using in-vessel composting or aerobic or anaerobic digestion systems (subject to compliance with the City’s sewer discharge regulations).  A designated covered establishment may also donate food that would otherwise be thrown away to a third party, such as a charity, sell or donate the food to a farmer for feedstock, or sell or donate meat by-products to a rendering company, which converts animal fats into lard.  Food disposed of through such donations or sales is not within the meaning of “organic waste” under these proposed rules.

 

The proposed rule provides that the following types of establishments will be “designated covered establishments” and must comply with the source separation, storage, labelling and set out requirements for organic waste set forth under Section 1-11 of Title 16 of the Rules of the City of New York:

 

1)  a food service establishment that has a floor area space of at least seven thousand square feet;

 

2)  a food service establishment that is part of a chain of fifty or more locations in the city of New York and that (i) operate under common ownership or control; (ii) are individually franchised outlets of a parent business; or (iii) do business under the same corporate name; and

 

3)  a retail food store that has a floor area space of at least ten thousand square feet, or any retail food store that is part of a chain of three or more retail food stores that have a combined floor area space of at least ten thousand square feet and that operate under common ownership or control and receive waste collection from the same private carter.

 

The proposed rules allows for waivers from the requirements under certain circumstances.

 

The proposed rule also clarifies the term “floor area” of an establishment to have the same meaning as defined by the New York City Department of City Planning under Section 12-10 of Chapter 2 of Article 1 of the Zoning Resolution, which is the sum of the gross areas of the several floors of a building or buildings, measured from the exterior faces of exterior walls or from the center lines of walls separating two buildings.

 

The proposed rule also amends the registration requirements for designated covered establishments that provide for a beneficial organic waste use on-site at their premises for some or all of the organic waste they generate. Such designated covered establishments would now have to renew annually their registration of any on-site organic waste processing equipment.

 

Additionally, the term “sign”, as used in the rule, is clarified to include a decal provided to a designated covered establishment by the private carter that collects organic waste from such covered establishment, or a decal issued by the Department of Sanitation when the designated covered establishment manages organic waste on site at its premises.  The area where employees undertake food preparation is also amended to read “employee work area”, but this area does not include break rooms or other areas where employees do not prepare food to be offered for sale by the establishment.      

 

DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in sections 753and 1043of the New York City Charter, and sections 16-306.1 of the New York City Administrative Code.

 

 

Subject: 

DSNY Proposed Rule Relating to the Expansion of Organic Waste Source Separation Requirements for Large Commercial Food Retailers and Food Service Establishments

Location: 
125 Worth Street, 2nd Floor Auditorium
125 Worth Street 2nd Floor Auditorium
New York, NY 10013
Contact: 

(646) 885-5006

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:6)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

The Department of Sanitation is proposing a rule that would amend its rules relating to the criteria used in the siting of solid waste transfer stations. Specifically, this rule would amend the definition of “public park” to exclude Bronx River Parkway lands abutting an active railroad line. This amendment is very narrowly tailored to clarify the Department’s siting rules and will facilitate the siting of a single non-putrescible solid waste transfer station in an industrially zoned area of the northern Bronx that currently does not have any solid waste transfer stations. The proposed transfer station site is within 400 feet of the Bronx River Parkway. A certain strip of the Parkway lands within such 400 feet (Block 5130 Lot 125) is New York City parkland that adjoins the Parkway roadbed that is located in Yonkers. This strip of Parkway land is within the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation. The strip is traversed by the Bronx River but has no street or way across it. The strip abuts the Metro North Harlem River Line railroad corridor that includes rail tracks. The proposed amendment would be consistent with the intent of the transfer station siting rules to avoid the siting of new transfer stations—with a certain potential for noise and truck traffic—within 400 feet of sensitive land uses such as residences and parks. A Bronx River Parkway lot that is adjacent to a busy arterial roadway and abuts an active railroad line is not a noise-sensitive location for this purpose, and therefore does not warrant a minimum 400-foot buffer distance to a non-putrescible transfer station. DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in sections 753 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, and sections 16-130, 16-131, 16-131.1 and 16-131.2 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Subject: 

DSNY Proposed Rule Relating to the Criteria Used in the Siting of Solid Waste Transfer Stations

Location: 
DSNY Conference Room
125 Worth Street Room 819
New York, NY 10013
Contact: 

Madelynn Liguori (646) 885-4786

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule The New York City Department of Sanitation (“DSNY”) is creating a new chapter that will include certain provisions of its existing penalty schedule, which is currently found in Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, by moving those provisions into Title 16 of the Rules of the City of New York. DSNY also is establishing penalties for repeat violations of certain provisions as described in Local Law 75 of 2016. Currently the penalties for violations of §16-118 of the New York City Administrative Code (“Administrative Code”) that pertain to certain types of littering infractions are found in 48 RCNY § 3-122. The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, Environmental Control Board (“OATH ECB”), is in the process of repealing all penalty schedules in its rules so they can be relocated to the rules of the enforcement agencies with primary rulemaking and policymaking jurisdiction over the laws that underlie these penalties. In conjunction with this rule, OATH ECB will remove the penalties for violations of §16-118 that pertain to littering from its schedule. In 2003, a civil penalty of $100 was established for violations of subdivisions (2), (3), (4), (6) and (7) of §16-118. Additionally in 2003, penalties for violations of subdivisions (3), (4) and (6) were set at $250 for a second offense and $350 for a third and subsequent offense within a 12 month period. Defaults for violations of these provisions are set at the maximum penalty that can be assessed. All penalties are within the monetary ranges specified in §16-118. Local Law 75 was enacted as part of the Criminal Justice Reform Act, a package of bills passed by the City Council that aims to build stronger and safer neighborhoods by reducing arrests and incarceration. Local Law 75 of 2016 amended §16-118(1) to establish a new violation for spitting. In addition, Local Law 75 also establishes a specific penalty for violation of subdivision 6 of §16-118 by means of public urination. Local Law 75 imposes a fixed penalty of $75 for first time violations of §16-118(1) and 16-118(6), and provides for a range of penalties for subsequent offenses of those provisions. The penalties for subsequent offenses of those provisions are fixed at the minimum amounts authorized by Local Law 75. Additionally, the default penalties for all violations found in §16-118(1) and for public urination under §16-118(6) have been set at 150 percent of the penalty imposed, not to exceed $400. Working with the City’s rulemaking agencies, the Law Department, OMB, and the Office of Operations conducted a retrospective rules review of the City’s existing rules, identifying those rules that will be repealed or modified to reduce regulatory burdens, increase equity, support small businesses, and simplify and update content to help support public understanding and compliance. This rule meets the criteria for this initiative. DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in sections 753 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, and section 16-118 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Effective Date: 
Mon, 06/05/2017

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

THE CITY OF NEW YORK

DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION

 

NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF FINAL RULES GOVERNING THE MAXIMUM SIZE OF CONTAINERS THAT ARE SET OUT FOR COLLECTION BY DSNY. 

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with the requirements of Section 1043 of the New York City Charter and pursuant to the authority vested in the Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation by sections 753 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter and section 16-120 of the New York City Administrative Code that the Department adopts the following rule governing the time for placing solid waste for collection. The Department published a Notice of Opportunity to Comment on the proposed rules in the City Record on February 15, 2017.  On March 21, 2017 the Department held a public hearing on the proposed rules.   

Statement of Basis and Purpose 

The Department of Sanitation is issuing a rule that limits the size of receptacles containing solid waste that are set out for collection by the Department. Specifically, this rule limits the maximum size of such receptacles to fifty-five gallons. This rule will ensure that receptacles are of an acceptable size for the Department’s sanitation workers to safely handle in the course of their collection duties. Violators will be subject to a fine for using an improper receptacle as set forth in Section 16-120 of the Administrative Code.  The fine for a first violation will be $100. The fine for a second violation in a twelve month period will be $100. The fine for a third and any subsequent violations in a twelve month period will be $200.

DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in section 753of the New York City Charter.

New material is underlined.

[Deleted material is in brackets.]

“Shall” and “must” denote mandatory requirements and may be used interchangeably in the rules of this department, unless otherwise specified or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

The title and subdivision (a) of section 1-02.1 of title 16 of the rules of the city of New York is amended to read as follows:

§ 1-02.1. [Placement of] Requirements for Receptacles and Bags Containing Solid Waste and Recyclables for Collection.

 

(a) Occupants of residential buildings, public buildings, and special use buildings, except commercial occupants of residential buildings where Department collection service is not otherwise authorized by section 1-03 of this chapter, shall not place receptacles or bags containing solid waste or recyclables out at the curb for collection by the Department earlier than 4:00 p.m. on the day before scheduled collection. Receptacles containing solid waste that are set out at the curb for collection by the Department must not exceed fifty-five gallons in size.

Effective Date: 
Fri, 05/05/2017

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The New York City Department of Sanitation (“DSNY”) is proposing to create a new chapter that will include certain provisions of its existing penalty schedule, which is currently found in Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, by moving those provisions into Title 16 of the Rules of the City of New York. DSNY also proposes to establish penalties for repeat violations of certain provisions as described in Local Law 75 of 2016.

Currently the penalties for violations of §16-118 of the New York City Administrative Code (“Administrative Code”) that pertain to certain types of littering infractions, are found in 48 RCNY § 3-122. The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, Environmental Control Board (“OATH ECB”), is in the process of repealing all penalty schedules in its rules so they can be relocated to the rules of the enforcement agencies with primary rulemaking and policymaking jurisdiction over the laws that underlie these penalties. In conjunction with this rule, OATH ECB will remove the penalties for violations of §16-118 that pertain to littering from its rule.

In 2003, a civil penalty of $100 was established for violations of subdivisions (2), (3), (4), (6) and (7) of §16-118. Additionally in 2003, penalties for violations of subdivisions (3), (4) and (6) were set at $250 for a second offense and $350 for a third and subsequent offense within a 12 month period. Defaults for violations of these provisions are set at the maximum penalty that can be assessed. All penalties are within the monetary ranges specified in §16-118.

Local Law 75 of 2016 amended §16-118(1) to establish a new violation for spitting. In addition, Local Law 75 also establishes a specific penalty for public urination. Local Law 75 was passed as part of the Criminal Justice Reform Act, a package of bills passed by the City Council that aims to build stronger and safer neighborhoods by reducing arrests and incarceration. Local Law 75 imposes a fixed penalty of $75 for first time violations of §16-118(1) and 16-118(6), and provides for a range of penalties for subsequent offenses of those provisions. The penalties for subsequent offenses of those provisions are fixed at the minimum amounts authorized by Local Law 75. Additionally, the default penalties for all violations found in §16-118(1) and for public urination under §16-118(6) have been set at 150 percent of the penalty imposed, not to exceed $400.

Working with the City’s rulemaking agencies, the Law Department, OMB, and the Office of Operations conducted a retrospective rules review of the City’s existing rules, identifying those rules that will be repealed or modified to reduce regulatory burdens, increase equity, support small businesses, and simplify and update content to help support public understanding and compliance. This proposed rule meets the criteria for this initiative.

DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in sections 753 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, and section 16-118 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Subject: 

DSNY Proposed Rule Relating to Penalties for Littering Offenses

Location: 
DSNY Headquarters
125 Worth Street Room 819
New York, NY 10013
Contact: 

Madelynn Liguori mliguori@dsny.nyc.gov

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The Department of Sanitation is proposing a rule that would limit the size of receptacles containing solid waste that are set out for collection by the Department. Specifically, this rule would limit the maximum size of such receptacles to fifty-five gallons. This rule will ensure that receptacles are of an acceptable size for the Department’s sanitation workers to safely handle in the course of their collection duties. Violators will be subject to a fine for using an improper receptacle as set forth in Section 16-120 of the Administrative Code.  The fine for a first violation will be $100. The fine for a second violation in a twelve month period will be $100. The fine for a third and any subsequent violations in a twelve month period will be $200.

DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in section 753of the New York City Charter.

Subject: 

Limitation on Size of Solid Waste Receptacles

Location: 
DSNY Headquarters
125 Worth Street (Room 819)
New York, NY 10013

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

 

Section 16-130(b) of the Administrative Code of the City of New York authorizes the Sanitation Commissioner to establish one or more classes of permits for solid waste facilities that receive, process, and store materials consisting of solid waste and recyclable materials.  In addition, section 16-463 authorizes broad oversight over recycling processing facilities that handle paper and cardboard, metal, glass and plastic, as well as scrap metal, including refrigerant containing items. Some facilities operating in New York City limit their operations to the receipt, process and storage of recyclable materials. 

 

 

Currently, recycling processing facilities are either registered or permitted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as source-separated non-putrescible solid waste recycling recovery facilities or licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs as scrap metal processors.  A recycling processing facility is defined as a facility where recyclable materials, other than organic waste, are delivered separately from solid waste or where source-separated recyclable materials, other than organic waste, are processed for the purpose of reuse or sale. Section 16-463 authorizes the Department to provide broad oversight of facilities that handle such materials and to promulgate rules that regulate such facilities. 

 

This rule requires recycling processing facilities to register with the Department and allow for the inspection of site operations to ensure that recyclable materials are effectively processed and accurate records are maintained to capture the flow of recyclable materials handled and processed within the facility.  To further this goal, recycling processing facilities will be required to submit quarterly reports to the Department summarizing the handling of such materials within the target period.  This will allow the Department to more accurately determine the recycling diversion rate within New York City. 

 

 

 

DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in sections 753 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter and sections 16-130 and 16-463 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Effective Date: 
Mon, 10/24/2016

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF FINAL RULES RELATING TO THE CHANGE OF CRITERIA FOR THE REMOVAL OF DERELICT BICYCLES FROM PUBLIC PROPERTY

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with the requirements of Section 1043 of the New York City Charter and pursuant to the authority vested in the Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation by sections 753 of the New York City Charter and sections 16-122 and 16-128 of the New York City Administrative Code that the Department adopts the following rule relating to the change of criteria for the removal of derelict bicycles from public property.  The Department published a Notice of Opportunity to Comment on the proposed rule in the City Record on July 6, 2016.  On August 9, 2016, the Department held a public hearing on the proposed rule.  

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

 

The Department of Sanitation (“DSNY”) is amending its rule for the removal of derelict bicycles from public property by:

1) reducing the requirements of derelict condition from a minimum of three characteristics to a minimum of two characteristics,

2) removing flat or missing tires as a derelict condition characteristic, and

3) changing the minimum amount of rust cover from 75 percent to 50 percent.

 

DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in sections 753 (a) and (b) of the New York City Charter and by sections 16-122 and 16-128 of the New York City Administrative Code

 

 

Effective Date: 
Sun, 09/25/2016

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The Department of Sanitation (“DSNY”) proposes to amend its rule for the removal of derelict bicycles from public property by:

1.) reducing the requirements of derelict condition from a minimum of three characteristics to a minimum of two characteristics,

2.) removing flat or missing tires as a derelict condition characteristic, and

3.) changing the minimum amount of rust cover from 75 percent to 50 percent.

DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in sections 753 (a) and (b) of the New York City Charter and by sections 16-122 and 16-128 of the New York City Administrative Code

Subject: 

Change of Criteria for the Removal of Derelict Bicycles from Public Property

Location: 
Conference Room
125 Worth Street Room 819
New York, NY 10013
Contact: 

Madelynn Liguori (646) 885-4786

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:4)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

Section 16-130(b) of the Administrative Code of the City of New York authorizes the Sanitation Commissioner to establish one or more classes of permits for solid waste facilities that receive, process, and store materials consisting of solid waste and recyclable materials.  In addition, section 16-463 authorizes broad oversight over recycling processing facilities that handle paper and cardboard, metal, glass and plastic, as well as scrap metal, including refrigerant containing items. Some facilities operating in New York City limit their operations to the receipt, process and storage of recyclable materials. 

 

 

Currently, recycling processing facilities are either registered or permitted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as source-separated non-putrescible solid waste recycling recovery facilities or licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs as scrap metal processors.  A recycling processing facility is defined as a facility where recyclable materials, other than organic waste, are delivered separately from solid waste or where source-separated recyclable materials, other than organic waste, are processed for the purpose of reuse or sale. Section 16-463 authorizes the Department to provide broad oversight of facilities that handle such materials and to promulgate rules that regulate such facilities. 

 

This rule requires recycling processing facilities to register with the Department and allow for the inspection of site operations to ensure that recyclable materials are effectively processed and accurate records are maintained to capture the flow of recyclable materials handled and processed within the facility.  To further this goal, recycling processing facilities will be required to submit quarterly reports to the Department summarizing the handling of such materials within the target period.  This will allow the Department to more accurately determine the recycling diversion rate within New York City. 

 

 

 

DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in sections 753 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter and sections 16-130 and 16-463 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Subject: 

Proposed Rules Relating to the Registration of Recycling Processing Facilities

Location: 
DSNY Headquarters
125 Worth Street 2nd Floor Auditorium
New York, NY 10013
Contact: 

Madelynn Liguori (646) 885-4786

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