NYC Sanitation Regulations
All NYC businesses are required to recycle all metal, glass bottles and jars, rigid plastic, beverage cartons, mixed metal/plastic objects, clean paper, and cardboard. For more information on these requirements, please visit nyc.gov/businessrecycling.
Certain NYC businesses are required to source separate their organic waste for beneficial use. The NYC Commercial Organics Rules were recently expanded to cover certain food service establishments, retail food stores, food preparation locations, catering establishments and temporary public events. For more information on these requirements, please visit nyc.gov/businessorganics.
NYC Foam Ban
NYC stores, food service establishments, and mobile food commissaries may no longer offer, sell or possess single-use foam food containers such as foam takeout clamshells, cups, plates, bowls, trays, and coolers. Additionally, manufacturers, distributors, and stores may no longer sell or offer for sale loose fill foam packaging (“packing peanuts”) in the city. For more information, please visit nyc.gov/foamban.
NYS Plastic Bag Ban and NYC Paper Bag Fee
As of March 1, 2020, single use plastic carryout bags are banned in New York State, with a few exemptions. Additionally, New York City will enact a five-cent fee on paper carryout bags, which will also take effect on March 1, 2020. The fee does not apply to exempt bags or customers using SNAP or WIC. For more information on these requirements, please visit on.ny.gov/byobagny. Inquiries on the NYS Plastic Bag Ban should be sent to the NYS Dep. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) email@example.com. Inquiries on the NYC Paper Bag Fee should be directed to the NYS Dep. of Taxation and Finance.
DSNY Educational Resources
To print/download educational materials, register for or request a training, watch educational videos, and other resources, please visit nyc.gov/dsnybusinessresources. General inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.