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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule


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, or as an energy source in aerobic and anaerobic digesters, is a key component of the City’s goal of sending zero waste to landfills by the year 2030. 


Under Local Law 146 of 2013, codified in §16-306.1 of the New York City Administrative Code, the Sanitation Commissioner must evaluate, at least annually, whether there exists sufficient regional organics waste processing capacity to require that certain food-generating businesses in the City, or a subset of them, must engage in alternative methods for handling organic waste separated by the businesses. 


DSNY determined that there is currently sufficient organics processing capacity available to allow for an increase in food waste diversion, and will expand the existing requirement to additional large food-generating businesses in the city. These businesses will be required to separate their organic waste for collection and handling by their private carters, transport organic waste themselves, or manage it on-site using in-vessel composting or aerobic or anaerobic digestion systems (subject to compliance with the City’s sewer discharge regulations).  A designated covered establishment may also donate food that would otherwise be thrown away to a third party, such as a charity, sell or donate the food to a farmer for feedstock, or sell or donate meat by-products to a rendering company, which converts animal fats into lard.  Food disposed of through such donations or sales is not within the meaning of “organic waste” under these proposed rules.


The proposed rule provides that the following types of establishments will be “designated covered establishments” and must comply with the source separation, storage, labelling and set out requirements for organic waste set forth under Section 1-11 of Title 16 of the Rules of the City of New York:


1)  a food service establishment that has a floor area space of at least seven thousand square feet;


2)  a food service establishment that is part of a chain of fifty or more locations in the city of New York and that (i) operate under common ownership or control; (ii) are individually franchised outlets of a parent business; or (iii) do business under the same corporate name; and


3)  a retail food store that has a floor area space of at least ten thousand square feet, or any retail food store that is part of a chain of three or more retail food stores that have a combined floor area space of at least ten thousand square feet and that operate under common ownership or control and receive waste collection from the same private carter.


The proposed rules allows for waivers from the requirements under certain circumstances.


The proposed rule also clarifies the term “floor area” of an establishment to have the same meaning as defined by the New York City Department of City Planning under Section 12-10 of Chapter 2 of Article 1 of the Zoning Resolution, which is the sum of the gross areas of the several floors of a building or buildings, measured from the exterior faces of exterior walls or from the center lines of walls separating two buildings.


The proposed rule also amends the registration requirements for designated covered establishments that provide for a beneficial organic waste use on-site at their premises for some or all of the organic waste they generate. Such designated covered establishments would now have to renew annually their registration of any on-site organic waste processing equipment.


Additionally, the term “sign”, as used in the rule, is clarified to include a decal provided to a designated covered establishment by the private carter that collects organic waste from such covered establishment, or a decal issued by the Department of Sanitation when the designated covered establishment manages organic waste on site at its premises.  The area where employees undertake food preparation is also amended to read “employee work area”, but this area does not include break rooms or other areas where employees do not prepare food to be offered for sale by the establishment.      


DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in sections 753and 1043of the New York City Charter, and sections 16-306.1 of the New York City Administrative Code.




DSNY Proposed Rule Relating to the Expansion of Organic Waste Source Separation Requirements for Large Commercial Food Retailers and Food Service Establishments

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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Proposed Rules Content: 



Statement of Basis and Purpose


The City’s M/WBE Program, originally enacted by Local Law 129 (2005), and codified in section 1304 of the New York City Charter and section 6-129 of the Administrative Code (Ad. Code), establishes goals for participation by minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs), women-owned business enterprises (WBEs), and emerging business enterprises (EBEs) as contractors and subcontractors in the categories of construction, standard services, professional services, and goods valued under $1 million. Local Law 129 (2005) also requires the Commissioner to establish and operate, on behalf of the City, a centralized program for the certification of MBEs, WBEs and EBEs for the purposes of establishing the eligibility of such businesses for participation in the programs and processes established pursuant to local law to ensure their meaningful participation in City procurement.


Local Law 1 of 2013 amends these provisions by, among other things:


  • changing the participation goals for each of the four procurement categories (construction, standard services, professional services, and goods);


  • removing the million dollar cap on construction, professional services, and standard services procurements for which a City agency may establish goals;


  • lowering the cap from $1 million dollars to $100,000 for goods contracts for which a City agency may establish goals;


  • modifying defined terms and adding new defined terms;


  • changing the definition of “Graduate MBE and/or WBE” and “Graduate EBE” as well as adding new requirements that during the certification and recertification process, SBS determine whether a firm qualifies as a Graduate MBE, Graduate WBE or Graduate EBE and that SBS implement a process for applicable business entities to challenge such a determination as well as a process for having such a designation lifted;


  • adding new division requirements regarding oversight of the M/WBE Program, the provision of technical assistance and the promotion of joint ventures;


  • adding a new requirement that SBS perform site visits for at least 5% of new MBE and/or WBE as well as EBE certification applications in a given fiscal year; and


  • modifying the criteria and procedures for SBS to utilize in determining whether firms certified as MBEs and/or WBEs by other governmental entities can be recognized as certified business enterprises by the City.


The proposed rule amendments to Subchapters B, D and E of Chapter 11 of Title 66 of the Rules implement the above provisions of Local Law 1 of 2013 and conform to the new requirements established by Local Law.


In a separate, simultaneously published proposed rule, DSBS is amending the goals in Section 11-61 of Chapter 11 of Title 66 of the Rules of the City of New York to match the new goals established by Local Law 1. The intent of Local Law 1 was to set goals corresponding to the availability of MBEs or WBEs in categories where a significant disparity between availability and utilization was identified in the Disparity Data Analysis. The goal identified by the Analysis for WBEs in the professional services category was 17 percent; however, due to a legislative drafting error, the goal enacted in Local Law 1 was incorrectly listed as 37 percent. To reflect the correct goal of 17 percent for WBEs in the professional services category, the Commissioner will be exercising the authority provided under Ad. Code § 6-129(d)(4) periodically to review the availability and utilization rates for MBEs and WBEs and, where appropriate, to revise the Citywide participation goals set forth in that section. Section 6-129(d)(4) also provides that DSBS submit the results of the review and any proposed revision to the goals to the Speaker of the City Council at least 60 days prior to publishing a rule that would revise the goals. DSBS has already provided the results of the review to the Council, and, as noted above, the Council has included them in the Local Law 1 Committee Report. DSBS has notified the Speaker of the proposed rulemaking and the 60 day period has since elapsed.




Opportunity to comment on proposed amendments to rules concerning participation by and opportunities for minority-owned, women-owned and emerging business enterprises in City procurement.

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New York, NY 10038

Anne Rascon
Deputy Commissioner, Division of Financial and Economic Opportunity
Department of Small Business Services
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New York, New York 10038

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