DSNY publishes proposed rule to expand commercial organics diversion

UPDATE: New York’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has officially published a proposed rule to expand the types of commercial establishments covered by its organics diversion mandate.

This decision, backed up by DSNY’s determination that adequate processing capacity exists in the region, will affect an estimated 2,000 new businesses. The published rule reiterates plans to cover large restaurants, chain establishments with more than 50 locations in the city, and large retail stores. The proposal stipulates that this will also apply to any retail stores with three or more locations with a combined floor area space of at least 10,000 square feet, and operate under the same control, with service from the same commercial waste company. Any covered businesses that are currently using on-site organic waste processing equipment, or plan to, would also now be required to renew that registration annually.

A public hearing on this proposal has been scheduled for Oct. 31, with comments due by the end of that business day. If approved, the rule is expected to begin taking effect sometime in 2018.

Dive Brief:

  • New York’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has announced plans to expand organics diversion requirements to multiple new business categories that currently generate an estimated 50,000 tons of food waste per year.
  • The proposed rules would apply to about 2,000 businesses, according to DSNY. This would include restaurants or establishments larger than 7,000 square feet, chain establishments with 50 or more locations in the city and retail stores larger than 10,000 square feet. Businesses would be required to arrange for source-separated collection or find another DSNY-approved solution to manage their organic waste.
  • DSNY will officially introduce these rules “later this summer,” which will then lead to a multi-month public hearing and comment period. Once adopted, the rules would take effect in six months and fines would be enforceable within a year.

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