The Lawn Litter Law will take effect next month, now that the city’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has published the enforcement rules.
The five-page edict appeared on the DSNY web site on Tuesday afternoon, July 2 and in the City Register the next day, meaning the law will be enforced starting on Saturday, August 2.
Owners of one- two and three-family homes can now effectively ban sales circulars and other printed matter that only contains advertiser-related material.
Lawn Litter Law takes effect 8/02
Fines for violations range from $250 to $1,000. Newspapers, periodicals and other materials which contain “a de minimis amount of news” are exempt.
Multiple documents that are “packaged together” using a bag, rubber band or other device will be analyzed separately to determine if they are “advertising” and violate the law.
The final version of the DSNY rules removed an onerous requirement that property owners had to have their complaints notarized. This came after a public hearing on Wednesday, June 4, at which objections were raised at the requirement.