NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Announcement: Food-Related Businesses Must Containerize Waste Starting August 1st

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Jul 18, 2023

The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is implementing a new rule to send rats packing. Starting August 1st, all food-related businesses in NYC must use rigid containers with secure lids when setting out trash for collection.

This rule impacts catering establishments, food manufacturers, food preparation establishments, food service establishments, food wholesalers, and retail food stores. Restaurants, grocery stores, delis, bodegas, caterers, or other businesses that sell or handle food must comply.

Any putrescible material (refuse or organic material) set out on the curb for collection must be in a container with a secure lid. This requirement does not apply to other recyclables (metal, glass, plastic, or paper) or to businesses that have waste collected from a loading dock.

Containers should be stored inside or in a rear yard if possible. If space is not available, bins can be stored within three feet of the building line when not set out for collection. Bins must be maintained in a neat and orderly manner and always allow for a clear path of pedestrian travel on the sidewalk.

Per recent setout rules, businesses that place waste on the curb have two options:

  • Place waste at the curb 1 hour before closing or after 8:00 PM

Make sure you’re in compliance by clicking through to the DSNY website for complete rule details.

Additionally, DSNY is hosting a series of one-hour information sessions on this new rule through August 28th. You can register for one of these sessions by clicking on a date & time below:

Thursday, August 24, 4:00 PM

Monday, August 28, 11:30 AM

Header & Thumbnail Photo Credit: NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY)

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