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Organic Composting Is an Important Matter

The company Etsy has always made recycling and composting an integral part of their company culture – even when they were small and long before New York made it mandatory to do so. In the past, Etsy required its employees to take organic waste to a local farm by bicycle. While some employees grumbled at the chore, others enjoyed it and its purpose. It, however, wasn’t a very efficient system.

Like many other companies, Etsy has moved away from requiring their employees to do the dirty work. They now hire private carter, Royal Waste, to collect their waste. Nicholas Perrone recently created a project around Etsy and organic composting in New York. According to the “How One Tech Company Grew a New Composting Strategy”:

“Etsy currently separates out their organic waste so that it can be collected by Royal Waste Services. Once compiled and processed at their Queens facility, Royal Waste transports their food scraps to the McEnroe Organic Farm in Millerton, New York, 100 miles away from New York City.”

The company is currently working towards a goal of becoming a zero-waste facility, and they are heavily investing in strategies to achieve this goal. It’s important to mention that “Etsy is currently diverting 88 percent of their waste from the landfill, up from 84 percent the previous year, according to Dickson. Their goal is to reach 90 percent landfill diversion by 2020.”

Want to learn more about where the organic wastes ends up and how it is processed into renewable resources? Watch the video created by Nicholas Perrone here:

If you’d like to learn more about Royal Waste and how you can implement recycling practices at your business, please visit our website, or contact us for more information.

Project Runway Films Sustainability Episode at Royal Waste Services, Inc.

Project Runway Sustainable Fashion Episode

For Season 16, Project Runway partnered with Royal Waste Services, Inc. to film an episode about sustainable fashion. After visiting several top New York recycling companies and their respective facilities, Project Runway found that Royal Waste was the best partner to help spread the message of sustainability in the episode, An Unconventional Recycling.

According to John Reali of Royal Waste, “We were thrilled when we learned we had been selected. When you get the opportunity to work with Project Runway with this message, you jump on it.”

The Project Runway episode challenged designers to work with a team to create clothing from recycled materials found at Royal Waste. “The piles of recyclables that contestants sorted through on the show had been picked up from customers only a few hours before. Materials that our customers chose to recycle now lived on to become sustainable clothing,” said John.

According to John, “Sustainability shapes every decision we make at Royal Waste, so it was amazing to see recycling and sustainability brought to life on such a scale with Project Runway. The episode does a great job showing the extent of how much of the materials we utilize on a daily basis can be recycled and re-used to become new products wherever possible. We are just so glad that Project Runway gave this message a platform”


Royal Waste is a single stream recycling facility that offers 24/7 services and a dedicated staff to integrate seamlessly with a business’ existing waste management schedule. Our goal is to eliminate waste by educating, training and providing our customers with more sustainable waste and recycling options and practices.  For more information, contact or 718-526-2623.

Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day was a great success. Royal Waste Services put on an all-day BBQ for each and every employee thanking them for their hard work and tireless dedication to the company. Operating in and around one of the world’s busiest cities is no easy feat so Royal wanted to make sure that their work is rewarded and appreciated!

Royal Waste Employee Appreciation Day

Everyone from office staff to drivers and mechanics to operators and laborers partook in the fun, and they took some necessary time off to unwind and enjoy delicious food with colleagues. Thank you for everything you do!

Royal Waste Employee Appreciation Day

Royal Waste Volunteers to Help Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria Victims

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria devastated many areas throughout the United States and the Caribbean. As part of the cleanup efforts, JetBlue asked its vendors (which includes Royal Waste) if they would be willing to send personnel and resources as part of the relief fund.

Victim Assistance After Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Royal Waste was happy to volunteer any assistance we could provide. Joe Morra Jr., a manager at Royal Waste, spent nearly a week in the affected areas, assisting with cleaning up neighborhoods and helping get houses back to a livable environment. With millions of house stranded without power, the joint partnership between JetBlue and Royal delivered thousands of generates and brought light back to those in need.

Victim Assistance After Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

At Royal Waste, we are always willing to step up and help our neighbors – no matter where they are in the country. We were proud to support these families get back to some sense of normalcy after such a horrific disaster. We will continue to help any families that need assistance getting back on their feet.

Cleanup After 2017 Hurricanes

Book Bag Drive: Royal Waste Helps Community Children

Royal Waste recently participated in two school book bag giveaways to help area children as they start the new school year. The first drive was held in coordination with the 103 rd Precinct community council and the Boy Scouts of America. Royal provided over 100 book bags to kids from the ages of 9 to 16.

Book Bag Drive with 103rd Precinct and Boy Scouts of America

The second book bag giveaway involved providing bags to children in family shelters. Royal delivered hundreds of book bags and supplies and distributed them to five different shelters in Jamaica, Queens.​

Family Shelter Book Drive Jamaica, New York

Royal is always looking for meaningful ways to give back to our community. Royal is a community based, community minded company that is committed to serving all our neighbors especially our young children and the elderly. Read our mission to learn more about our dedication to the environment and our sustainable future.

New BIC Requirement Goes into Effect August 1st: Are You Prepared?

New NYC Trash & Recycling Laws

The New York City DSNY will be enforcing the new sanitation law across the five boroughs starting August 1st. The new law states that in addition to your regular waste removal services, each business must recycle all metal, glass, plastic, paper, and cardboard into a separate stream. All businesses that are not in compliance with this new law, post August 1st, will be issued a fine by the DSNY. If you need to set up recycling services please email:


Sanitation Decals Indicate:
1. Royal Waste Services is your licensed trade waste company (BIC#1240)
2. Your weekly service level for refuse and single stream recycling


While this may seem simple, the new decal requires customers to add a few more details. To comply with the latest law and to avoid fines, customers must follow the below guidelines.

Under the service day,

1. For refuse collection, indicate the day and time frame that your refuse will be placed outside. Write the approximate starting time when you will put your garbage on the curb, i.e. between 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM on Monday.

2. For single-stream recycling collection, indicate the day and time frame you will place your recyclables on the curb, again starting with the earliest time when you might possibly place them outside.

3. Your BIC Decal must be placed on the window of your store front or loading dock by no later than July 31st, 2017. Do not delay in getting this done.


If your business uses a Royal Waste Services container for refuse and/or recycling, a representative from Royal Waste will place labeling both above and directly on the container based on the type of material designated to be used in that container.


If you need more information about this new requirement, or simply want to ensure that you are following the correct procedures, Royal Waste is here to walk you through the process. We have a team of highly trained sustainability management experts.

“Waste is not waste, waste is a resource!” says, John Reali of Royal Waste. “Let us be your guide in how to respond to the new law and put your business on the path to zero waste!”

Royal Waste Services is an official, licensed, single stream recycling hauler serving the greater New York City, tri-state area. Our goal is to achieve zero waste, so subsequently all of our services can be deployed or developed to meet any standard or customized waste management objectives for removal, recycling, or reduction. Contact us today!

Royal Waste Helps 103rd Precinct with Trees of Life Organic Garden Project

103rd Precinct Grows Trees of Togetherness

Royal Waste Services, Inc. again demonstrates their commitment to the environment and to the New York area by supporting a community garden with the assistance of compost, gardening supplies and volunteers.


February 15, 2017 · New York Times

The Compost King of New York

As mentioned in The New York Times, The Compost King of New York, Michael Reali, Royal Waste’s Vice President, voiced both his stance and commitment in diverting food waste from landfills. Whereas other companies struggled in their composting efforts due to high contamination rates, the team at Royal Waste Recycling seemed to quickly grasp this ambitious responsibility with ease.

As a full day past of Royal’s composting trucks entered its material recovery facility, there stood a 20-foot mound of collected organic waste from fruit wholesalers. After the crew removed any extraneous material, the decontaminated pile was loaded and ready to be transported to McEnroe Organic Farm in upstate New York.

Here the decontaminated organic waste goes through an arduous process, but ultimately gets to live a second life either to nourish and sustain the farm or as topsoil to be sold to the local community. Through the effort of Michael Reali and his team at Royal Waste Services, organic food waste now can be seen as a resource, therefore closing the loop of sustainability and recycling.

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December 28, 2016

Broadway Green Alliance

JAMAICA, QUEENS – As Royal Waste Services continues to strive to make head waves in today’s new environmental and local recycling laws, we are pleased to announce the visit of Broadway Green Alliance to our Recycling facility.

We have been servicing various theatres in the heart of New York City for the past several years. Helping them to become greener by implementing a straightforward and efficient recycling program, that not only complies with the New York City Zero Waste recycling laws, but allows the Broadway Green Alliance to be a step ahead in helping our environment.

We are grateful and give our congratulations to Broadway Green Alliance for all of their accomplishments for the past several years promoting and making a difference by implementing recycling avenues in the heart of New York City Broadway Theaters.

December 19, 2016

Queens Courier Presents Award

Royal Waste Services foundation is built on our values, which distinguish us and guide our performances through quality service with Integrity. We conduct our business in a socially responsible and ethical manner. We are committed to protecting the environment, health, safety of our employees, customers and the communities where we operate daily. These values have lead to this outstanding award presented by the Queens Courier.

Congratulations to the dedicated employees of Royal Waste Services as this wouldn't have been possible without them!

November 24, 2016

Giving Back to the Community

Jamaica, Queens – Another successful year at the Royal Waste Services Annual Thanksgiving turkey drive!

Royal distributed over 500 turkeys throughout the local community, churches, and even to our own employees. We have been so blessed to serve the people of Jamaica for over 20 years and are lucky to call it our home.

February 26, 2013 · News 12 Long Island

Robert Moses Middle School Kids Work to Keep Their School Green

NORTH BABYLON – Sixth-graders from Robert Moses Middle School are working hard to keep their school green.

The students, who are part of the school’s Environmental Recycling Club, go from classroom to classroom collecting paper and plastic bottles for recycling.

“It’s really good for the kids, educationally,” says teach Chris Brodmerckel. “They really grab a hold of it and want to do more for their community.”

Last year alone, the student kept 2 tons of recyclables out of landfills.

By Diane Greer · BioCycle June 2012, Vol. 53, No. 6, p. 17

Food Waste Diversion In Heart Of Manhattan

Motivation, infrastructure and economics are key to implementation of office composting at The Durst Organization, one of New York City’s largest family-owned real estate developers. The program is the brainchild of Helena Durst, a co-vice president and fourth-generation family member, who is leading the charge to green the company’s building management practices. Partnering with Durst is Royal Waste Services Inc., in Hollis, New York, a waste management and recycling company that collects, processes and transports the separated organics, and McEnroe Organic Farm, near Millerton, New York, where the material is composted. Durst hopes to ultimately expand its waste diversion program beyond just the company’s headquarters at the Bank of America Tower in Manhattan to tenants in the company’s sizable commercial real estate portfolio.

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