June 10, 2015
New York City continues to tinker with its solid waste rules. The latest buzz is that the New York City Sanitation Department is considering a rule requiring that the city's restaurants, catering companies, hotels, and groceries stores to compost.
According to Crain's New York Business:
Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia says she expects to make a decision July 1.
"I get to determine if there's [composting] capacity in the region and which industries would have to source-separate their organics," Ms. Garcia told Crain's. "We're still running through the data, but it's based on how much [food waste] the different industries generate, how close they are to one another—so we try to eliminate any increase in truck traffic—and then, again, it's also about capacity."
The news that the city could require businesses that serve or sell food to start separating their compostable waste came as a surprise to some industry leaders.
This is just the latest potential change to the Big Apple's solid waste rules since Garcia's appointment last March. The city recently announced a "zero waste" goal for 2030 and launched a consumer waste reduction campaign. It also banned single-use polystyrene in January.
When it comes to organics, the city is already collecting food waste from city schools and conducting a pilot residential organics waste collections program in parts of Brooklyn and Queens.