File #: Int 1480-2019    Version: * Name: Creating a marine debris disposal office.
Type: Introduction Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Environmental Protection
On agenda: 3/28/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to creating a marine debris disposal office
Sponsors: Eric A. Ulrich, Justin L. Brannan, Mark Gjonaj , Margaret S. Chin, Vanessa L. Gibson, Carlina Rivera , Adrienne E. Adams
Council Member Sponsors: 7
Summary: This proposed legislation would require that the mayor or such agency as he may designate create a program designed to dispose of, or if appropriate, reuse marine debris left on public beaches. The program would require a plan to recycle, where possible, marine debris.
Indexes: Agency Rule-making Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1480, 2. Int. No. 1480, 3. March 28, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 3-28-19, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - March 28, 2019, 6. Committee Report 10/29/19, 7. Hearing Testimony 10/29/19, 8. Hearing Transcript 10/29/19

Int. No. 1480


By Council Members Ulrich, Brannan, Gjonaj, Chin, Gibson, Rivera and Adams


A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to creating a marine debris disposal office


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:


Section 1. Chapter 1 of the New York city charter is amended by adding a new section 20-f to read as follows:

20-f. Office of marine debris disposal.  The mayor or such agency as the mayor shall designate shall establish a marine debris disposal office to monitor, recycle or dispose of marine debris left on public beaches.  The duties of such office shall include, but not be limited to:

1. Develop a plan to recycle plastics, wood or metal and dispose of other nonrecyclable marine debris.

2. Seek to coordinate cleanups dates with the New York state beach cleanup volunteers and nongovernmental organizations currently involved in beach cleanup.

 3.  Take steps to coordinate with other entities to address and remove marine debris that is dumped or abandoned in the water or along the shoreline.

4.  Take appropriate steps to determine when such debris is traceable to any group or individual and if traceable such office shall seek to issue a notice of violation for a civil penalty based upon structure to be determined by rule.   

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.



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