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New Recycling Laws for Larger Multiple Dwellings Take Effect Today

December 16,2010 | Vito A. Turso/Matthew LiPani

Press Release # 10-43, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Department of Sanitation today began issuing recycling violations pursuant to the new recycling law, Local Law No. 34 of 2010.

Local Law No. 34, signed by Mayor Bloomberg last month, establishes two tiers for fines based on the number of units in a building, and increases fines for larger apartment buildings, and commercial, and industrial buildings.  First time fines for smaller residential buildings (1 to 8 units) remain the same at $25 for a first time offense, $50 for a second offense, and $100 for a third and subsequent violation in a 12-month period.  An owner of a 1 to 8 unit residential building can never be deemed a persistent violator (which allows for the imposition of fines on a per bag basis). 

The fines for larger apartment buildings (9 or more units), commercial and industrial buildings are now set at $100 for a first violation, $200 for a second violation and $400 for a third and subsequent violation in a 12-month period.  The law allows for a person committing a fourth and subsequent violation within a period of six months to be classified as a persistent violator who shall be subject to a civil penalty of $400 for each violation. For persistent violators only, each container or bag containing solid waste (non-recyclable materials) that has not been source separated or placed for collection in a manner consistent with DSNY's recycling rules, shall constitute a separate violation, provided that no more than twenty (20) separate violations are issued on a per bag or per container basis during any twenty-four hour period. 

"The Department is committed to maximizing the amount of recyclables we collect curbside, which has been mandatory for all city residents since 1989. Large, multiple dwelling buildings must adhere to these new rules or risk a fine if they don't," said Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty. 

For more information and complete list of violations covered under Local Law No. 34, visit our website at