Commercial Organics Program

Commercial Organics Program

DSNY states that food scraps and other organic waste make up more than one-third of all commercial waste in New York City. Diverting this material from landfills to use for soil-enhancing compost, is a significant part of the City’s Zero Waste 2030 goal.

Since July 19, 2016, food establishments, hotels and arenas have been required to source separate food waste for removal by a licensed carter. As of August 15, 2018, DSNY is expanding the current commercial organics program to a wider range of city businesses now including:

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

There are two options for organic food waste collection and disposal.  A private, licensed waste carter can be contracted to remove all collected food waste at the property.  A bio-digester available for installation from several manufacturers can process the food waste on site and turn it into water approved by DEP and DSNY to travel down the drain. Participating in a food donation program is also a great way to support the city food donation systems, reduce waste and costs of food disposal.

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