S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 9, 2013
Introduced by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation
AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law and the general
municipal law, in relation to disposal and source separation of
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a
new section 27-0709 to read as follows:
S 27-0709. DISPOSAL OF SOURCE SEPARATED RECYCLABLES.
1. DEFINITIONS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION:
A. "INCINERATOR" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS PROVIDED IN SECTION
72-0401 OF THIS CHAPTER.
B. "LANDFILL" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS PROVIDED IN SECTION
72-0401 OF THIS CHAPTER.
C. "LOCAL RECYCLING LAW" MEANS A LOCAL LAW OR ORDINANCE ADOPTED PURSU-
ANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-AA OF THE GENERAL
D. "RECYCLABLE MATERIALS" MEANS RECYCLABLE COMPONENTS OF SOLID WASTE
WHICH HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM OTHER SOLID WASTE AS REQUIRED BY THE
LOCAL RECYCLING LAW ADOPTED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION ONE
HUNDRED TWENTY-AA OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW.
E. "TRANSFER STATION" MEANS A SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY, WHETHER
OWNED OR OPERATED BY A PRIVATE OR PUBLIC ENTITY, OTHER THAN A RECYCLA-
BLES HANDLING AND RECOVERY FACILITY, USED OIL FACILITY, OR A
CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS PROCESSING FACILITY, WHERE SOLID
WASTE IS RECEIVED FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUBSEQUENT TRANSFER TO ANOTHER
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY FOR PROCESSING, TREATING, DISPOSAL,
RECOVERY, OR FURTHER TRANSFER.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
S. 719 2
F. "TRANSPORTER" MEANS ANY PERSON OR ENTITY ENGAGED IN THE OFF-SITE
TRANSPORTATION OF SOLID WASTE BY AIR, RAIL, HIGHWAY, OR WATER.
2. A. NO TRANSPORTER SHALL COMMINGLE RECYCLABLE MATERIALS WITH OTHER
SOLID WASTE, OR CAUSE RECYCLABLE MATERIALS TO BE COMMINGLED WITH OTHER
B. NO TRANSPORTER SHALL DELIVER RECYCLABLE MATERIALS TO, OR CAUSE
RECYCLABLE MATERIALS TO BE DELIVERED TO: (I) AN INCINERATOR; (II) A
LANDFILL; (III) A TRANSFER STATION, UNLESS SUCH RECYCLABLE MATERIALS ARE
KEPT SEPARATED FROM OTHER SOLID WASTE; OR (IV) ANYONE WHO THE TRANSPOR-
TER KNOWS OR SHOULD KNOW WILL EITHER COMMINGLE SUCH RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
WITH OTHER SOLID WASTE OR DELIVER SUCH RECYCLABLE MATERIALS TO AN INCIN-
ERATOR OR A LANDFILL.
C. NO OPERATOR OF AN INCINERATOR OR A LANDFILL SHALL ACCEPT RECYCLABLE
MATERIALS FOR DISPOSAL.
D. NO OPERATOR OF A TRANSFER STATION SHALL COMMINGLE RECYCLABLE MATE-
RIALS WITH OTHER SOLID WASTE, OR TRANSFER RECYCLABLE MATERIALS OR CAUSE
RECYCLABLE MATERIALS TO BE TRANSFERRED TO AN INCINERATOR OR LANDFILL FOR
S 2. Paragraphs b and c of subdivision 2 of section 120-aa of the
general municipal law, as amended by chapter 70 of the laws of 1988, are
amended to read as follows:
b. [For purposes of this section, "components" shall include paper,
glass, metals, plastics, garden and yard waste, and may include other
elements of solid waste.] NO LATER THAN JULY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND
FIFTEEN, A MUNICIPALITY SHALL ADOPT A LOCAL LAW OR ORDINANCE TO REQUIRE
THAT RECYCLABLE MATERIALS BE SEPARATED FROM OTHER SOLID WASTE WHICH HAS
BEEN LEFT FOR COLLECTION OR WHICH IS DELIVERED BY THE GENERATOR OF SUCH
WASTE TO A SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS
SECTION, "RECYCLABLE MATERIALS" MEANS AND INCLUDES: (I) NEWSPRINT, GLASS
CONTAINERS, METAL CONTAINERS, POLYETHYLENE TERAPHTHALATE (#1 CODE) AND
HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE (#2 CODE) PLASTIC CONTAINERS; (II) CORRUGATED
CARDBOARD CONTAINERS AND PAPER BOARD; (III) MIXED PAPER GENERATED BY
NON-RESIDENTIAL ENTITIES OR BY RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS CONSISTING OF MORE
THAN FOUR DWELLINGS; AND (IV) ANY OTHER RECYCLABLE, REUSEABLE OR OTHER
MATERIALS FOR WHICH THE MUNICIPALITY DETERMINES THAT ECONOMIC MARKETS
FOR ALTERNATE USES EXIST, OR WHICH THE MUNICIPALITY DETERMINES SHOULD BE
SEPARATED FROM OTHER SOLID WASTE FOR RECYCLING.
c. Prior to [exercising the authority of this section to enact such a
local law or ordinance] MAKING A DETERMINATION UNDER SUBPARAGRAPH (IV)
OF PARAGRAPH B OF THIS SUBDIVISION, the municipality shall hold a public
hearing relating to its proposed provisions and shall give due consider-
ation to existing source separation, recycling and [other resource
recovery] SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL activities in the area, to the adequacy
of markets for separated materials, and to any additional effort and
expense to be incurred by residents in meeting the proposed separation
requirements. The authority provided in this section shall be in addi-
tion to and without limitation upon the authority vested in munici-
palities under any other statute.
S 3. Severability. If any clause, sentence, paragraph, section or
part of this act shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdic-
tion to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate
the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the
clause, sentence, paragraph, section or part thereof directly involved
in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.
S 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.