senate Bill S929

Requires cities with a population of one million or more to collect discarded recyclable materials at city parks, playgrounds, historic sites and other facilities

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    • Passed Assembly
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CITIES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CITIES

Summary

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.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S929
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Cities
Law Section:
General City Law
Laws Affected:
Add §20-h, Gen City L; amd §54-0701, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1917
2009-2010: S5574

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BILL NUMBER:S929

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
2011-2012: S1917

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.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   929

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00535-01-3

S. 929                              2

ANCE  FOR  A  RECYCLING  PROJECT  PURSUANT  TO  TITLE  SEVEN  OF ARTICLE
FIFTY-FOUR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW.
  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.

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