NYC New Commercial Organics Rules
The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has announced new rules that will expand on the city’s existing commercial organic waste separation program.
Larger establishments are now required to find a beneficial use for food waste instead of sending it to landfills.
Restaurants with a floor area of at least 15,000 square feet, chain restaurants with 100 or more locations in the city and grocery stores with at least 25,000 square feet of floor area space will all be required to adhere to the new rules.
What Organics to Separate
Certified Compostable Products
How to Comply to Avoid Violations
- Provide labeled containers specifically for organics and post signs with instructions in areas where staff handles organics
- Also post signs with instructions for employees to ensure that organics are not mixed with garbage or recyclables
- Arrange for organics to be transported or processed separately from garbage and recycling
The rules will take effect on August 15, 2018, but will not be enforced until February 2019.
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