NYC DOS Commercial Organics Requirements for New York City Businesses

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced new commercial organics requirements for New York City businesses. Certain businesses are required by law to separate their organic waste. New minimum requirements were unveiled in August, and if your business meets the criteria, you must comply with the business organics rules. 

Establishments covered by Business Organics Rules:

As of August 15, 2018:

  • Food service establishments with a floor area of at least 15,000 square feet.
  • Food service establishments that are part of a chain of 100 or more locations in the city of New York.
  • Retail food stores with a floor area of at least 25,000 square feet.

As of July 19, 2016:

  • Food service establishments in hotels with 150 or more rooms.
  • Arenas and stadiums with a seating capacity of at least 15,000 people.
  • Food manufacturers with a floor area of at least 25,000 square feet.
  • Food wholesalers with a floor area of at least 20,000 square feet.

Businesses covered by these rules must separate staff-handled food scraps, plant trimmings, food-soiled paper and certified compostable products from garbage and other recyclables.

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