N.Y. Environmental Conservation Law Section 27-2705
Recycling program requirements

An at-store recycling program provided by the operator of a store shall require:


a plastic carryout bag provided by the store to have printed or displayed on the bag, in a manner visible to a consumer, the words “PLEASE RETURN TO A PARTICIPATING STORE FOR RECYCLING”. Provided, however, such store shall be allowed for one year from the effective date of this subdivision to use its existing stock of plastic carryout bags. A store may also apply to the commissioner for approval of an alternative plastic bag recycling message. The commissioner shall approve or reject the proposed message within forty-five days;


a collection bin that is visible, easily accessible to the consumer, and clearly marked that the collection bin is available for the purpose of collecting and recycling plastic carryout bags and film plastic. This subdivision shall apply to stores not within an enclosed shopping mall and stores of at least fifty thousand square feet within an enclosed shopping mall. In the case of an enclosed shopping mall, the owner of the enclosed mall shall place bins at reasonable intervals throughout the enclosed mall area;


all plastic carryout bags and film plastic collected by the store to be collected, transported and recycled along with any other in-store plastic recycling, except for plastic bags that are not sufficiently free of foreign material to enter the recycling stream. Plastic carryout bags and film plastic collected by the store or the manufacturer, which are free of foreign material, shall not be disposed of in any solid waste disposal facility permitted or authorized pursuant to title seven of this article;


the store or its agent to maintain, for a minimum of three years, records describing the collection, transport and recycling of plastic carryout bags and film plastic collected by weight, provided however that stores or its agents may weigh such bags, film plastic and any other in-store plastic recycling at a regional collection center. Such records shall be made available to the department upon request, to demonstrate compliance with this title; and


the operator of the store to (a) make reusable bags available to customers within the store for purchase, and


permit a reuseable bag to be used in lieu of a plastic carryout bag or paper bag.

Source: Section 27-2705 — Recycling program requirements, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/ENV/27-2705 (updated Mar. 6, 2015; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

Dec. 2, 2023

Last modified:
Mar. 6, 2015

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