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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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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 produce soil enhancing compost, or as an energy source through aerobic and anaerobic digesters, is a key component of the City’s goal of sending zero waste to landfills. 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 organic waste processing capacity to require that certain food-generating businesses in the City, or a subset of them, engage in source separation of organic waste and ensure its beneficial use through composting, anaerobic digestion or other process as approved by the Commissioner. DSNY has determined that there is currently sufficient organics processing capacity available to allow for an increase in food waste diversion and thus proposes to apply the requirement to additional large food-generating businesses in the city. These businesses would be required to separate their organic waste for collection and handling either by engaging private carters, transporting organic waste themselves, or managing the waste 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 could also donate food to a third party (such as a charitable organization) that would otherwise be thrown away, sell or donate the food to a farmer for feedstock, or sell or donate meat by-products to a rendering company (one that converts animal fats into lard). Food disposed of through such donations or sales would not be included within the meaning of “organic waste” as defined in DSNY’s existing rules (§ 1-01 of Chapter 1 of Title 16). The proposed amendments to the existing rule provide that the following types of establishments would be “designated covered establishments” and would have to comply with the source separation, storage, labeling and set out requirements for organic waste set forth in Section 1-11 of Title 16 of the Rules of the City of New York (“Section 1-11”): 1) any building or premises where food service establishments having a total combined floor area of at least eight thousand square feet are located and where the owner of the building or premises, or its agent, arranges or contracts with a private carter for the removal of waste from food service establishments having at least eight thousand square feet of such building or premises; 2) a location at which a food preparation establishment has a floor area of at least six thousand square feet; 3) a catering establishment that is required to provide for the removal of waste pursuant to Administrative Code § 16-116 whenever the anticipated attendance for any particular event is greater than one hundred persons; and 4) sponsors of a temporary public event with an anticipated attendance of greater than five hundred persons per day, excluding activities conducted pursuant to a valid permit for filming, demonstration, parade, or block parties. Additionally, the proposed rule would change the criteria regarding certain covered establishments previously designated under Section 1-11 as follows: 1) a food service establishment located in a hotel having at least one hundred sleeping rooms, which would be lowered from the current requirement of one hundred fifty sleeping rooms, in addition to removing the requirement that such food service establishment operate under common ownership or control of such hotel and receive waste collection from the same private carter that services the hotel; 2) a food service establishment that has a floor area space of at least seven thousand square feet, which would be lowered from the current requirement of fifteen thousand feet; 3) a food service establishment that is part of a chain of two or more locations in New York City, which have a combined floor area of at least eight thousand square feet 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, which would be lowered from the current requirement of a chain of one hundred or more locations in the City; and 4) 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, which would be lowered from the current requirement of twenty-five thousand square feet, and that operate under common ownership or control and receive waste collection from the same private carter. DSNY’s authority to promulgate these rules is found in New York City Charter §§ 753 and 1043, and Administrative Code § 6-306.1.

Subject: 

Proposed Expansion of Organic Waste Source Separation Program

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

You can submit comments to DSNY through the NYC rules website at http://rules.cityofnewyork.us. You can email comments to nycrules@dsny.nyc.gov.
You can mail comments to DSNY, Bureau of Legal Affairs, 125 Worth Street, Room 710, New York, NY 10013. You can fax comments to DSNY at 212-788-3876.

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

 

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 

 

Pursuant to §§ 1043 and 2903 (b) of the New York City Charter, the Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to promulgate rules regarding maintenance of public roads, streets, highways, parkways, bridges and tunnels.

 

In 1993, the Greenway Plan for New York City laid out a vision for a network of landscaped bicycle and pedestrian paths connecting the City’s residential and commercial neighborhoods to parklands and waterfront areas, providing new recreational and non-motorized transportation opportunities.  Since then, in furtherance of these efforts, DOT has worked with other City, State, and Federal agencies and community groups to reexamine use of the public right of way, identify greenway routes and develop projects to transform City streets into safe, accessible, and green corridors for pedestrians and cyclists. New York City’s greenways feature improvements such as protected pedestrian paths, bicycle lanes, curb extensions, landscaping, and wayfinding signs. They provide improved access to parks and other public spaces, offer expanded opportunities for recreation and enhance transportation options.

 

The Department of Transportation is creating an Adopt-a-Greenway Program, to offer civic- minded individuals, groups, and companies an opportunity to enhance the City's greenways by adoptingsegments of the greenways and adjacent areas. Through this program, volunteers and sponsors will provide certain maintenance and beautification services along the City's greenways.  Signs will be placed at the beginning of the “adopted” segments to acknowledge the volunteers and sponsors.  These maintenance services and beautification projects will help enhance and maintain the quality of life for local residents and businesses along the greenways.

(1)  This rule establishes the Adopt-a-Greenway Program. Specifically, the rule:

(2)  describes how the Department will administer and coordinate the provision of maintenance services by volunteers and sponsors in order to reduce litter and graffiti, and to provide necessary tree trimming, sweeping, mowing, planting of flowers or trees, snow removal, and other landscape maintenance along designated greenway routes within the City;

(3)  delineates the application and permitting process for individuals to adopt segments of the greenway;

(4)  details the signs installed to identify those volunteers or sponsors performing such activities on particular segments of the City’s greenways;

(5)  describes the general requirements for participants in the Adopt-a-Greenway Program, including qualifications, agreements, permits, levels of service of adopted segments, insurance and indemnification requirements, safety, and signage.

 

 

Effective Date: 
Sat, 06/29/2013

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

 

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 

 

Pursuant to §§ 1043 and 2903 (b) of the New York City Charter, the Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to promulgate rules regarding maintenance of public roads, streets, highways, parkways, bridges and tunnels.

 

The City currently operates the Adopt-a-Highway Program, which offers civic-minded individuals, groups, and companies an opportunity to enhance New York City's highways by “adopting” segments of the highways and adjacent areas. Through this program, volunteers and sponsors provide certain maintenance services along the City's highways. Signs placed at the beginning of the “adopted” areas acknowledge the volunteers and sponsors. These maintenance services and beautification projects along designated highway routes help maintain the quality of life for local residents and businesses.

 

The purpose of the rule is to provide guidelines for the continuation of the Adopt-a-Highway Program. Specifically, the rule:

(1)  describes how the Department administers and coordinates the provision of maintenance services by volunteers and sponsors in order to reduce litter and graffiti, and to provide necessary tree trimming, sweeping, mowing, planting of flowers or trees, and other landscape maintenance along designated highway routes within the City;

(2)  delineates the application and permitting process for individuals to adopt segments of the highway;

(3)  details the signs installed to identify those volunteers or sponsors performing such activities on particular segments of the City’s highways;

(4)  describes the general requirements for participants in the Adopt-a-Highway Program, including qualifications, agreements, permits, levels of service of adopted segments, insurance and indemnification requirements, safety, and signage.

 

Effective Date: 
Sun, 12/30/2012

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Friday, October 19, 2012
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

 

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 

Pursuant to §§ 1043 and 2903 (b) of the New York City Charter, the Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to promulgate rules regarding maintenance of public roads, streets, highways, parkways, bridges and tunnels.

 

The City currently operates the Adopt-a-Highway Program, which offers civic-minded individuals, groups, and companies an opportunity to enhance New York City's highways by “adopting” segments of the highways and adjacent areas. Through this program, volunteers and sponsors provide certain maintenance services along the City's highways. Signs placed at the beginning of the “adopted” areas acknowledge the volunteers and sponsors. These maintenance services and beautification projects along designated highway routes help maintain the quality of life for local residents and businesses.

 

The purpose of the proposed rule is to provide guidelines for the continuation of the Adopt-a- Highway Program. Specifically, the rule:

(1) describes how the Department administers and coordinates the provision of maintenance services by volunteers and sponsors in order to reduce litter and graffiti, and to provide necessary tree trimming, sweeping, mowing, planting of flowers or trees, and other landscape maintenance along designated highway routes within the City;

(2) delineates the application and permitting process for individuals to adopt segments of the highway;

(3) details the signs installed to identify those volunteers or sponsors performing such activities on particular segments of the City’s highways;

(4) describes the general requirements for participants in the Adopt-a-Highway Program, including qualifications, agreements, permits, levels of service of adopted segments, insurance and indemnification requirements, safety, and signage.

 

 

Subject: 

Opportunity to comment on proposed Department of Transportation rules relating to the Adopt-a-Highway program.

Location: 
Department of Transportation (DOT)
55 Water Street BID Room, Room A
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

Yajaira Ferreira
Director, Adopt-a-Highway
141-22 Brookville Boulevard
Rosedale, NY 11422
T: 718.712.7563

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 

Pursuant to §§ 1043 and 2903 (b) of the New York City Charter, the Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to promulgate rules regarding maintenance of public roads, streets, highways, parkways, bridges and tunnels.

 

In 1993, the Greenway Plan for New York City laid out a vision for a network of landscaped bicycle and pedestrian paths connecting the City’s residential and commercial neighborhoods to parklands and waterfront areas, providing new recreational and non-motorized transportation opportunities. Since then, in furtherance of these efforts, DOT has worked with other City, State, and Federal agencies and community groups to reexamine use of the public right of way, identify greenway routes and develop projects to transform City streets into safe, accessible, and green corridors for pedestrians and cyclists. New York City’s greenways feature improvements such as protected pedestrian paths, bicycle lanes, curb extensions, landscaping, and wayfinding signs. They provide improved access to parks and other public spaces, offer expanded opportunities for recreation and enhance transportation options.

 

The Department of Transportation proposes to create an Adopt-a-Greenway Program, to offer civic-minded individuals, groups, and companies an opportunity to enhance the City's greenways by “adopting” segments of the greenways and adjacent areas. Through this program, volunteers and sponsors will provide certain maintenance and beautification services along the City's greenways. Signs will be placed at the beginning of the “adopted” segments to acknowledge the volunteers and sponsors. These maintenance services and beautification projects will help enhance and maintain the quality of life for local residents and businesses along the greenways.

 

 

The proposed rule would establish the Adopt-a-Greenway Program. Specifically, the rule:

            (1) describes how the Department will administer and coordinate the provision of

maintenance services by volunteers and sponsors in order to reduce litter and graffiti, and to provide necessary tree trimming, sweeping, mowing, planting of flowers or trees, snow removal, and other landscape maintenance along designated greenway routes within the City;

(2) delineates the application and permitting process for individuals to adopt segments of the greenway;

(3) details the signs installed to identify those volunteers or sponsors performing such activities on particular segments of the City’s greenways;

(4) describes the general requirements for participants in the Adopt-a-Greenway Program, including qualifications, agreements, permits, levels of service of adopted segments, insurance and indemnification requirements, safety, and signage.

 

 

Subject: 

Opportunity to comment on proposed Department of Transportation rules relating to the Adopt-a-Greenway program.

Location: 
Department of Transportation (DOT)
55 Water Street, Room 809
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

Ted Wright
Senior Project Manager
Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs
55 Water Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10041
T: 212.839.7199

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