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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

 

Businesses in New York City are required to recycle in accordance with the Department of Sanitation’s commercial recycling rules promulgated pursuant to Local Law No. 87 of 1992, which amended §16-306 of the Administrative Code. Private carters, which collect and dispose of putrescible and non-putrescible waste from commercial waste generators, must recycle designated recyclable materials, including paper, cardboard, metal, glass and plastic.

 

These rules revise the City’s current commercial recycling rules to simplify the requirements, and make them easier for businesses to understand.  Currently, not all businesses are required to recycle the same materials.  Eliminating the distinction and applying the same rules for all businesses will facilitate greater recycling participation and make recycling easier for the business community.  In addition, allowing all designated recyclable materials including metal, glass, plastic, paper and cardboard to be placed in the same bag or bin by the business generator (“single stream recycling”) and prohibiting private carters from placing any source separated recyclables material with refuse in the same compartment of a waste hauling truck, will help make commercial recycling easier and can significantly increase the diversion of recyclables.

 

These rules:

 

·       Amend §1-01 by adding, amending and removing relevant definitions;

·       Make technical amendments to §1-02 (collection service), §1-08 (residential recycling) and §1-09 (agency and institutional recycling); 

·       Designate a standard set of recyclable materials that all businesses that receive private-carter collection are required to recycle, including but not limited to, metal, glass, plastic, paper and cardboard, consistent with the requirements for New York City residents;

·       Prohibit the commingling of any designated recyclable materials with solid waste;

·       Allow private carters, in addition to separate pick-up of designated recyclable materials, to utilize single stream collection and recycling or the co-collection of recyclables;

·       Require any generator of private carter collected waste to post a sign identifying: 1) its private carter(s); 2) by type, each designated recyclable material that will be collected by each private carter, and; 3) if such private carter will be utilizing single stream collection and recycling or co-collection of recyclables;

·       Provide implementation and notice requirements for owners, net lessees, or persons-in-charge who arrange for private carter collection, and set forth recycling requirements for their tenants and occupants;

·       Set forth responsibilities of operators of non-putrescible and putrescible solid waste transfer stations; and

·       Provide for the enforcement of such rules in accordance with the New York City Administrative Code.

 

 

 

DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in sections 753 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter and section 16-306 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Effective Date: 
Mon, 08/01/2016

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Final Rule

 

 

 

Organic waste makes up approximately one-third of the waste generated by food-generating businesses in New York City.  This material can be converted into soil enhancing compost, or used as an energy source in aerobic and anaerobic digesters, but most of it is currently disposed of in landfills outside the City.  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 beginning July 1, 2015, whether there exists sufficient regional organics waste processing capacity to require that certain food-generating businesses in the City, or a sub-set of them, arrange with their private carters to engage in alternative methods for handling organic waste separated by the businesses.  These methods include in-vessel composting, aerobic or anaerobic digestion, or any other method for processing organic waste approved by DSNY rule.  The Department of Environmental Protection may separately promulgate additional rules regulating the use of onsite aerobic and anaerobic digestion equipment.  These rules may include, among other requirements, standards for types of equipment that may be installed. 

 

 

 

Following site visits and surveys of active private organics waste processing facilities in the region and an evaluation of organic waste quantities generated by various food industry sectors in the city, DSNY identifies that there is organics processing capacity available to a limited extent, and will require a subset of food-generating businesses in the city to separate their organic waste for collection and handling by their private carters.  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.  Food disposed of through such donations or sales is not within the meaning of “organic waste” under these rules.

 

 

 

The rules do the following:

 

 

 

·       Amend §1-01 by adding new definitions to effectuate the purpose of the rules;

 

·       Provide that the following types of establishments will be “designated covered establishments” and must comply with the requirements set forth in the rules:

 

o   Any arena or stadium that has a seating capacity of at least 15,000

 

o   Any food service establishment that is located in a hotel with at least 150 sleeping rooms, is under common control with such hotel, and receives waste collection from the same private carter as such hotel

 

o   Any food manufacturer that has a floor area of at least 25,000 square feet

 

o   Any food wholesaler that has a floor area of at least 20,000 square feet

 

·       Require designated covered establishments to source separate their organic waste and arrange for proper processing of this material through collection by a private carter licensed by the New York City Business Integrity Commission (BIC), or alternatively, by registering with BIC and transporting their own organic waste for proper processing;

 

·       Allow covered establishments to separately donate their organic waste to a third party, donate or sell organic waste to a farmer for feedstock, and donate or sell meat by-products to a rendering company; 

 

·       Prohibit the commingling of organic waste with designated recyclable material or solid waste;

 

·       Require the storage and set-out at the curb of organic waste in one or more containers that have a lid and latch, which must be closed and latched when they are set out for collection by a private carter;

 

·       Require designated covered establishment to post signs identifying their private carters that will collected source separate organic waste;

 

·       Set forth requirements for designated covered establishments that choose to process their organic waste on-site;

 

·       Require designated covered establishments to post instructions for their employees on how to properly source separate organic waste;   

 

·       Set forth reporting responsibilities of operators of putrescible solid waste transfer stations authorized by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to receive source-separated organic waste; and

 

·       Provide for the enforcement of such rules in accordance with the New York City Administrative Code.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Effective Date: 
Mon, 01/18/2016

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:5)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

 

 

Businesses in New York City are required to recycle in accordance with the Department of Sanitation’s commercial recycling rules promulgated pursuant to Local Law No. 87 of 1992, which amended §16-306 of the Administrative Code. Private carters, which collect and dispose of putrescible and non-putrescible waste from commercial waste generators in New York City, must recycle designated recyclable materials, including paper, cardboard, metal, glass and plastic.

 

 

 

The proposed rules would revise the City’s current commercial recycling rules to simplify the requirements, which would make them more understandable for businesses and easier to follow.  Currently, certain types of businesses are required to recycle different materials than other types of businesses.  Eliminating the distinction between businesses types and applying the same rules for all businesses will facilitate greater recycling participation and make recycling easier for businesses.  In addition, allowing single stream collection and recycling (when all designated recyclable metal, glass, plastic and paper are placed in the same bags or bins by a business), and co-collection of recyclables (when all designated recyclable metal, glass and plastic is source separated from designated paper by the business, but a private carter places the source separated materials into the same compartment of a waste hauling truck), will help make commercial recycling easier to manage and can significantly increase diversion of recyclables from landfills. 

 

 

 

The proposed rules:

 

 

 

·       Amend §1-01 by adding, amending and removing relevant definitions;

 

·       Make technical amendments to §1-02 (collection service), §1-08 (residential recycling) and §1-09 (agency and institutional recycling); 

 

·       Designate a number of recyclable materials, including, but not limited to, metal, glass, plastic,  and paper, to the list of items that businesses that receive private-carter collection are required to recycle;

 

·       Prohibit the commingling of any designated recyclable materials with solid waste;

 

·       Allow private carters, in addition to separate pick-up of designated recyclable materials, to utilize single stream collection and recycling or the co-collection of recyclables;

 

·       Require any generator of private carter collected waste to post a sign identifying: 1) its private carter(s); 2) by type, each designated recyclable material that will be collected by each private carter, and; 3) if such private carter will be utilizing single stream collection and recycling or co-collection of recyclables;

 

·       Provide implementation and notice requirements for owners, net lessees, or persons-in-charge who arrange for private carter collection, and set forth recycling requirements for their tenants and occupants;

 

·       Set forth responsibilities of operators of non-putrescible and putrescible solid waste transfer stations; and

 

·       Provide for the enforcement of such rules in accordance with the New York City Administrative Code.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in sections 753 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter and section 16-306 of the New York City Administrative Code.

 

 

Subject: 

Source Separation and Recycling Requirements for Entities that Receive Private Carter Collection

Location: 
DSNY Headquarters
125 Worth Street 2nd Floor Auditorium
New York, NY 10013
Contact: 

Madelynn Liguori, Associate Counsel, (646) 885-4786

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:3)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, October 5, 2015
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

 

 

Organic waste makes up approximately one-third of the waste generated by food-generating businesses in New York City.  This material can be converted into soil enhancing compost, or used as an energy source in aerobic and anaerobic digesters, but most of it is currently disposed of in landfills outside the City.  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 beginning July 1, 2015, whether there exists sufficient regional organics waste processing capacity to require that certain food-generating businesses in the City, or a sub-set of them, arrange with their private carters to engage in alternative methods for handling organic waste separated by the businesses.  These methods include in-vessel composting, aerobic or anaerobic digestion, or any other method for processing organic waste approved by DSNY rule.  The Department of Environmental Protection will separately promulgate additional rules regulating the use of onsite aerobic and anaerobic digestion equipment.

 

 

 

Following site visits and surveys of active private organics waste processing facilities in the region and an evaluation of organic waste quantities generated by various food industry sectors in the city, DSNY identifies that there is organics processing capacity available to a limited extent, and will require a subset of food-generating businesses in the city to separate their organic waste for collection and handling by their private carters.  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.  Food disposed of through such donations or sales is not within the meaning of “organic waste” under these proposed rules.

 

 

 

The proposed rules:

 

 

 

·       Amend §1-01 by adding new definitions to effectuate the purpose of the rule;

 

·       Provides that the following types of establishments will be “designated covered establishments” and must comply with the requirements set forth in the rule:

 

o   Any arena or stadium that has a seating capacity of at least 15,000

 

o   Any food service establishment that is located in a hotel with at least 150 sleeping rooms, is under common control with such hotel, and receives waste collection from the same private carter as such hotel

 

o   Any food manufacturer that has a floor area of at least 25,000 square feet

 

o   Any food wholesaler that has a floor area of at least 20,000 square feet

 

·       Requires designated covered establishments to source separate their organic waste and arrange for proper processing of this material through collection by a private carter licensed by the New York City Business Integrity Commission (BIC), or alternatively, by registering with BIC and transporting their own organic waste for proper processing;

 

·       Allows covered establishments to separately donate their organic waste to a third party, donate or sell organic waste to a farmer for feedstock, and donate or sell meat by-products to a rendering company; 

 

·       Prohibits the commingling of organic waste with designated recyclable material or solid waste;

 

·       Requires the storage and set-out at the curb of organic waste in one or more containers that have a lid and latch, which must be closed and latched when they are set out for collection by a private carter;

 

·       Requires a designated covered establishment to post a sign identifying its private carter that will collected source separate organic waste;

 

·       Sets forth requirements for designated covered establishments that choose to process their organic waste on-site;

 

·       Requires designated covered establishments to post instructions for their employees and customers on how to properly source separate organic waste;   

 

·       Sets forth reporting responsibilities of operators of putrescible solid waste transfer stations authorized by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to receive source-separated organic waste; and

 

·       Provides for the enforcement of such rules in accordance with the New York City Administrative Code.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Subject: 

DSNY Proposed Rule Governing Source Separation and Handling Requirements for Commercial Organic Waste by Certain Covered Establishments

Location: 
DSNY
125 Worth Street 2nd Floor Auditorium
New York, NY 10013
Contact: 

Madelynn Liguori (646) 885-4786

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation (the "Department") is authorized to adopt rules pursuant to sections 753(a) and (b) of the New York City Charter relating to the removal and disposition of various items from the City's streets and sidewalks, as well as rules specifying what items will be collected by the Department and the manner in which those items are arranged or sorted. Additionally, section 16-305(c) of the New York City Administrative Code requires the Sanitation Commissioner to designate rigid plastics containers as a recyclable material to be source separated (i.e. sorted and set out by residents) and collected from the Department-managed waste stream prior to delivery of Department-managed recyclables to the Sims Group recycling processing facility being constructed at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. This new recycling processing facility is scheduled to open and be operational in 2013.

 

Besides traditional food containers, there are many other consumer items made of rigid plastic that the Department intends to capture in its recycling collection program. The purpose of this rule is to designate an expanded category of rigid plastic items as recyclable material to be source separated and set out by residents for collection by the Department.

 

 

Effective Date: 
Fri, 07/05/2013

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation (the “Department”) is authorized to adopt rules pursuant to sections 753(a) and (b) of the New York City Charter relating to the removal and disposition of various items from the City’s streets and sidewalks, as well as rules specifying what items will be collected by the Department and the manner in which those items are arranged or sorted. Additionally, section 16-305(c) of the New York City Administrative Code requires the Sanitation Commissioner to designate rigid plastics containers as a recyclable material to be source separated (i.e. sorted and set out by residents) and collected from the Department-managed waste stream prior to delivery of Department-managed recyclables to the Sims Group recycling processing facility being constructed at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. This new recycling processing facility is scheduled to open and be operational in 2013.

 

Besides traditional food containers, there are many other consumer items made of rigid plastic that the Department intends to capture in its recycling collection program. The purpose of the proposed rule is to designate an expanded category of rigid plastic items as recyclable material to be source separated and set out by residents for collection by the Department.

 

 

Subject: 

Opportunity to comment on proposed amendments to the rule designating rigid plastics as recyclable material for source separation and collection by the Department of Sanitation.

Location: 
125 Worth Street Third Floor Boardroom - 330
NY, NY 10013
Contact: 

Andrea Ciccone, Counsel
Bureau of Legal Affairs
New York City Department of Sanitation
125 Worth Street, Room 710
New York, New York 10013
aciccone@dsny.nyc.gov