N.Y. Vehicle & Traffic Law Section 1220
Throwing refuse on highways and adjacent lands prohibited


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(a)

No person shall throw, dump, deposit or place, or cause to be thrown, dumped, deposited or placed upon any highway, or within the limits of the right of way of such highway, or upon private lands adjacent thereto, any refuse, trash, garbage, rubbish, litter or any nauseous or offensive matter.

(b)

Nothing herein contained shall be construed as prohibiting the use in a reasonable manner of ashes, sand, salt or other material for the purpose of reducing the hazard of, or providing traction on snow, ice or sleet. (b-1) Nothing herein contained shall be construed as prohibiting the use of any highway or private lands adjacent thereto for the transport or transit of agricultural trucks, machines or implements or dairy or domestic animals or agricultural stock with any accompanying reasonable or unavoidable deposit of nauseous or offensive matter.

(c)

A violation of the provisions of subdivision (a) of this section shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed three hundred fifty dollars and/or a requirement to perform services for a public or not-for-profit corporation, association, institution or agency not to exceed ten hours and for any second or subsequent violation by a fine not to exceed seven hundred dollars and/or a requirement to perform services for a public or not-for-profit corporation, association, institution or agency not to exceed fifteen hours.

Source: Section 1220 — Throwing refuse on highways and adjacent lands prohibited, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/VAT/1220 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Mar. 2, 2024).

1210
Unattended motor vehicle
1211
Limitations on backing
1212
Reckless driving
1213
Obstruction to driver’s view or driving mechanism
1214
Opening and closing vehicle doors
1215
Driving on mountain highways
1216
Coasting prohibited
1217
Following emergency fire vehicles prohibited
1218
Crossing fire hose
1219
Putting glass or other injurious substances on highway prohibited
1220
Throwing refuse on highways and adjacent lands prohibited
1220–A
Liability for violation of a local law prohibiting unlawful dumping in a city having a population of one million or more
1220–B
Unlawful solicitation of ground transportation services at an airport
1220–C
Work permits for work on state highways
1221
Driving through safety zone prohibited
1222
Persons riding on trucks
1223
Lights on vehicles used for transportation of passengers
1223–A
School buses
1224
Abandoned vehicles
1225
Avoiding intersection or traffic-control device
1225–A
Driving on sidewalks
1225–B
Retail sale of frozen desserts by motor vehicle
1225–C
Use of mobile telephones
1225–D
Use of portable electronic devices
1226
Control of steering mechanism
1227
Consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages in certain motor vehicles
1228
Riding in house coach trailers
1229
Sign required on privately-owned vehicle used in delivery of mail
1229–A
Pedestrians, animals, and non-motorized vehicles prohibited on state expressway highways or state interstate route highways including the...
1229–B
Operation of school, camp and charter omnibuses with passengers standing prohibited
1229–C
Operation of vehicles with safety seats and safety belts
1229–D
School bus attendant

Accessed:
Mar. 2, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

§ 1220’s source at nysenate​.gov

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