Last updated on July 20th, 2023 at 11:47 pm

DSNY adopts new rule requires trash to be placed in rigid containers with lidsTHE NEW RULE

Food-related businesses are huge generators of food waste. Even when in compliance with existing waste set out requirements, NYC sidewalks are still attracting rats and vermin.

As part of the City’s commitment to cleaning up New York City streets and reducing food sources for rats, the NY Department of Sanitation has adopted a new rule requiring ALL food related businesses to set out any putrescible solid waste in rigid containers with secure lids.

Requiring food related businesses to place their putrescible waste in sealed containers will hopefully limit potential food sources for vermin. The new rule goes into effect August 1st, 2023.

The following food related businesses in NY must comply:

  • Restaurants
  • Caterers/catering establishments
  • Delis
  • Food manufacturers
  • Food preparation establishments
  • Food service establishments
  • Food wholesalers
  • Grocery stores
  • Retail food stores

The new rule requires all food service establishments to set out solid waste that is capable of rotting, including refuse and organic material, on the curb for collection in rigid receptacles with tight fitting lids.

  • Set out times have not changed, businesses still have 2 options:
    • Place waste at the curb 1 hour before closing, OR
    • After 8:00 PM

** containers must be removed from the curb by the time business reopens.

  • The rule does not apply to:
    • other recyclables (metal, glass, plastic, or paper),
    • food-related businesses that have off-street collection, including collection that takes place in a loading dock.
  • The rule requires the following maintenance and storage requirements:
    • containers used, should be stored inside or in a rear yard if available.
    • if storage space is not available, receptacles could be stored in the area within 3 ft of the building line on the sidewalk as long as it doesn’t impede or obstruct pedestrian flow.
    • receptacles must be kept clean, and in good repair.

Non-compliance could lead to violations and fines; We strongly urge everyone to follow the rules.