Requires cities with a population of one million or more to collect discarded recyclable materials at city parks, playgrounds, historic sites and other recreational facilities; requires the posting of signs on facilities without trash receptacles stating that trash must be retained until you reach a trash can; provides state assistance for such programs.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general city law, in relation to requiring the collection of recyclable materials at parks, playgrounds, historic sites and other recreational facilities in cities with a population of one million or more; and to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to providing state assistance therefor to municipalities
PURPOSE OF THE BILL: The bill would reduce waste management costs for cities of one million or more by requiring recycling in parks, historic sites and other facilities, as well as encouraging users of these facilities to carry out the waste they generate.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill amends the General Cities Law to require the establishment of recycling programs in all city parks, historic sites and recreational facilities for cities with more than one million population. In addition, such cities are required to post signs in these facilities encouraging users to carry out their waste. The bill also allows these cities to apply to grants from the Environmental Protection Fund to support their recycling programs.
JUSTIFICATION: Large cities should set the standard for recycling in facilities, thereby encouraging others to do the same. Not only will this reduce garbage generated in the facilities, but reduce costs of garbage removal for such cities. Although some voluntary recycling programs have occurred, this bill would ensure that these recycling programs continue, regardless of changes in policy or management.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: Senate referred to Cities & Assembly referred to Environmental Conservation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The bill should waste management costs for state and local governments in facilities they operate and encourage the removal of garbage generated by users of these facilities.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect the thirtieth day after it law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1917 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 14, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. SERRANO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities AN ACT to amend the general city law, in relation to requiring the collection of recyclable materials at parks, playgrounds, historic sites and other recreational facilities in cities with a population of one million or more; and to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to providing state assistance therefor to municipalities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The general city law is amended by adding a new section 20-h to read as follows: S 20-H. COLLECTION OF RECYCLABLE MATERIALS; CERTAIN CITIES. 1. EVERY CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE SHALL ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM FOR THE COLLECTION OF RECYCLABLE MATERIALS THAT ARE DISCARDED IN CITY PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, HISTORIC SITES AND OTHER RECRE- ATIONAL FACILITIES. SUCH RECYCLABLE MATERIALS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, METAL, PLASTIC, GLASS AND PAPER. IN EACH SUCH PARK, PLAY- GROUND, HISTORIC SITE AND OTHER RECREATIONAL FACILITY SUCH CITY SHALL INSTALL BINS FOR THE COLLECTION OF RECYCLABLE MATERIALS. THE CITY DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION SHALL REGULARLY COLLECT AND PROVIDE FOR THE RECYCLING OF THE RECYCLABLE MATERIALS COLLECTED. 2. THE CITY SHALL POST SIGNS IN THOSE PORTIONS OF CITY PARKS, PLAY- GROUNDS, HISTORIC SITES AND OTHER RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, WHICH DO NOT HAVE TRASH RECEPTACLES, STATING "PLEASE TAKE ANY TRASH YOU GENERATE WHILE UPON THIS FACILITY WITH YOU FOR DISPOSAL WHEN YOU REACH A TRASH RECEPTACLE." 3. EVERY CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE WHICH ESTAB- LISHES AND IMPLEMENTS A RECYCLABLES RECOVERY PROGRAM PURSUANT TO SUBDI- VISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR STATE ASSIST- ANCE FOR A RECYCLING PROJECT PURSUANT TO TITLE SEVEN OF ARTICLE FIFTY-FOUR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00237-01-1 S. 1917 2
S 2. Subdivision 3 of section 54-0701 of the environmental conserva- tion law, as amended by chapter 146 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows: 3. "Recyclables recovery program" means a program undertaken by a municipality consistent with requirements of section one hundred twen- ty-aa of the general municipal law AND/OR SECTION TWENTY-H OF THE GENER- AL CITY LAW to provide for the environmentally sound recovery of recycl- ables, primarily involving the collection, aggregation and processing of recyclable materials for their use as raw materials for new products or for other useful purposes other than for energy recovery, through facil- ities planned, designed and constructed to ensure environmental protection and to maximize the potential for recyclables recovery. A recyclables recovery program also shall mean planning, educational and promotional activities to increase public awareness of and participation in recycling. Such program shall have been approved by the commissioner and undertaken consistent with any local solid waste management plan pursuant to section 27-0107 of this chapter. S 3. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.