Doing it elsewhere

Posted: September 06, 2011

BOSTON: Boston requires that all residents and businesses recycle, but, as in Philadelphia, businesses must use private haulers. To ensure that these businesses recycle, the city has a Commercial Trash Hauler Ordinance requiring private haulers to offer recycling services, and to educate businesses about how to properly recycle.

If private haulers don't comply, they pay $150 for the first violation, $300 for the second, and if a hauler is caught a third time, the company's permit to operate as a waste hauler is revoked until it proves that it's in compliance.

NEW YORK: Businesses in New York City are required to recycle, and to make available to the Department of Sanitation the recycling agreements that they strike with private haulers. They're also responsible for providing recycling guidelines to employees.

Penalties for violating New York's Commercial Recycling Law are $25 for a first violation, $50 for a second violation and $100 for a third. If a business continually violates the law, it can be hit with a $500 fine.

Last year, the city's Department of Sanitation began conducting recycling trainings for buildings with more than nine units if the building received three recycling tickets in a year.

SAN FRANCISCO:San Francisco takes a more hard-line approach to recycling: The city requires businesses to have not just a recycling bin, but also a compost bin. Violations can garner $500 fines, but businesses also are offered discounts by the city depending on the amount that they recycle.

- Ashley Nguyen

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