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Royal Waste Services and COVID-19 Update

Dear valued customer,

Our priority is always the service to our customers, safety of our staff, and maintaining clear and transparent lines of communication. That’s why we want to update you on the situation with COVID-19 (the coronavirus) and the steps we are taking to ensure your service remains status quo and safe. At this point, services will continue unchanged and will proceed as planned. We want to ensure you that in the current environment and in these uncertain times we are committed to working smarter and more consciously to serve all our valued customers.

We are continuously monitoring the situation in New York. Knowing that this is a fluid situation and things are consistently changing, we are committed to keeping you fully informed as the situation evolves. If you should have any questions and/or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out to or call (718) 526-2623.

Thank you for your continued trust in Royal and we look forward to working with you now and in the future.

Please Note Our Presidents Day Holiday Pickup Schedule!


There will be NO SERVICE Sunday Night, February 16th.
Normal service will resume the evening of Monday, February 17th.

“Deeds, Not Words.”  – George Washington

Don’t forget to compost your food scraps!

Please call our service department at 718-526-2623 for any questions you may have.

Please Note Our Martin Luther King Day Holiday Pickup Schedule!


There will be NO SERVICE Sunday Night, January 19th.
Normal service will resume the evening of Monday, January 20th.

“The time is always right to do what is right.”  – MLK

Don’t forget to compost your food scraps!

Please call our service department at 718-526-2623 for any questions you may have.

Please Note: Royal Waste’s Holiday Pickup Schedule

Please Note: Royal Waste’s Holiday Pickup Schedule

There will be NO SERVICE Tuesday night, December 24th.

Normal service will resume Wednesday night, December 25th.

There will be NO SERVICE Tuesday night, December 31st.
Normal service will resume Wednesday night, January 1st.

Wishing you and your family happy and healthy holidays!

Don’t forget to compost your food scraps!

Please call our service department at 718-526-2623 for any questions you may have.

Please Note: Royal Waste’s Thanksgiving Holiday Pickup Schedule

Please Note: Royal Waste’s Thanksgiving Holiday Pickup Schedule:

Due to the holiday there will be NO SERVICE Thursday night, November 28th — Normal service will resume Friday night, November 29th

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Don’t forget to compost your food scraps!

Please call our service department at 718-526-2623 for any questions you may have.

Please Note: Royal Waste’s July 4th Holiday Pickup Schedule

Please Note Royal Waste’s July 4th Holiday Pickup Schedule:

There will be NO SERVICE on Thursday, July 4th

Regular service will resume on Friday, July 5th


Royal Waste wishes you a happy, healthy and safe 4th of July!


Please call our service department at 718-526-2623 for any questions you may have.

Royal Waste Services Educates Customers on how to Optimize Food Waste Management

Sustainability, food waste management and NYC organic recycling was the topic at hand recently at the NYC Food Waste Fair, and Royal Waste Services Inc. was front and center. As one of the largest privately-owned recycling and waste management companies in New York City, John Reali, Co-Director of Sustainability for Royal Waste Services was asked to participate in a panel called “Your Waste Hauler’s Perspective.”

As a major NYC waste management companyRoyal Waste Services Inc. offers single-stream recycling, organics, trash, and construction and demolition debris pickup across all five New York City boroughs. What makes Royal Waste so unique is that they are the only company that not only directly provides services and recycling education to customers, but they also own and operate a putrescible transfer station, C&D recycling facility, organics recycling facility and two SSR facilities to handle every stream of material coming from business and properties.

On the panel, John noted that Royal Waste takes a proactive approach to NYC organic recycling by educating their customers and all of their employees on proper food waste management procedures, which are constantly changing. As Reali said on the panel, Royal Waste believes it’s their responsibility to play an active, leadership, hands-on role in the process of NYC organic recycling.

“Our sustainability team works with customers, tenants and properties to ensure best practices are being enforced to yield the highest diversion possible and move toward zero waste,” he said. “This includes sustainability training, education, signage, metric reports, all to reach our goal of zero waste. Our main focus is always safety, service and sustainability.”

Sustainability is becoming more and more important to combat the negative effects humans are creating for the environment. According to an Earth Institute at Columbia University report, one-third of New York City’s garbage is made up of food waste.

Royal Waste Services predicted food waste management would be a focal point of the industry more than 10 years ago, Reali said, which is why the company partnered with McEnroe Organic Farm in what he called “one of our best decisions yet.”

“I am proud to say… that we were the first company in NYC to offer organic composting pickups,” he said. “We have been servicing large food wholesalers and environmentally conscious customers for quite some time now and realized there had to have been better ways to improve how food waste is being handled.”

Royal Waste Services takes the food waste it collects to McEnroe Organic Farm in Millerton, New York. Here, the food waste provided turns into organic compost for the farm and available to purchase in retailers down the East Coast of the USA. One of the most important aspects of food waste management is to ensure that contamination is as minimal as possible, and Royal Waste Services’ approach is what allows them to guarantee loads are never contaminated.

“Education to customers is vital for success. We continue to work with our customers daily with pictures and surveys, not only checking up on volume but more so on cleanliness of their recycling waste stream,” Reali said. “In regard to organics, contamination definitely is a concern, which is a main reason we chose to make an investment in the Scott Turbo Depackager to ensure material we pick up and process to send to McEnroe Farm is as pure and clean as possible.”

Some of the biggest concerns for businesses when they analyze NYC organic recycling companies is how long food waste remains on their premises, since it can turn unpleasant in a hurry and be a magnet for rats and other pests. Because Royal Waste has the capability of servicing organics up to seven times a week across all five boroughs, they are able to ensure food waste never sits at a customer’s business for an extended period of time.

To combat the potential problem of rats and pests, Royal Waste provides their customers with heavy duty locked toters, which are deodorized and designed specifically to handle NYC organic recycling. The company also exchanges these toters once a quarter or by request to thoroughly clean and swap out all the equipment.

As good as Royal Waste practices, procedures and equipment are, though, the key to their food waste management success is their transparency and focus on educating their customers. Reali said the company encourages customers to visit their NYC organics recycling facility to see where their materials are brought to, how they are processed and what their end destination is. In addition, they have a team of several night managers that troubleshoot any issues that may arise, and a safety team that ensures each part of the job is done efficiently and safely.

“Regardless of what technology you invest in, it all starts with education,” Reali said. “Educating the consumer on what goes in what waste stream is crucial, and that’s why our sustainability team continues to refresh training to ensure cleanliness across each stream.”

Royal Waste Services would love the opportunity to implement an organics program at your business at any time to better handle your food waste. For more information, visit the website or call Royal Waste Services at (718) 526-2623.

ATTENTION CUSTOMERS: Please Note Our Memorial Day Holiday Pickup Schedule

There will be NO service Sunday Night, May 26th — or — Monday, May 27th, 2019

Regular service will resume the evening of Monday, May 27th, 2019.

Please call our service department at 718-526-2623 for any questions you may have.

Organic Waste Recycling NYC: Latest Rules & Updates for 2019

With frequently changing rules and regulations for New York City disposal laws, it is our mission at Royal Waste to keep consumers informed and ready to for changes. The New York City Department of Sanitation recently enacted new organic disposal rules for commercial and residential establishments.

Organic Waste Collection in NYC

The New York City Organics Collection Program allows the Department of Sanitation and waste management companies to collect compostable organics. Participation for most constituents is voluntary, though there are some requirements for commercial establishments. With the new NYC funded program, volunteer participants will receive starter-kits complete with countertop compost disposal containers, an informational document breaking down what can and cannot be placed in the organics disposal, and other literature explaining how to properly participate in the program. Participants in the program may put their disposals curbside just as they do other waste and garbage.

Commercial Organics Recycling

When it comes to organics disposal and recycling for commercial establishments there are different regulations businesses must follow. Establishments that are required to follow commercial organics rules, include:

• Restaurant chains with 100 or more locations in New York City
• Restaurants with 15,000 sq. ft. or more
• Retail food stores 25,000 sq. ft. or more


Royal Waste Services is one of New York City’s premier waste pickup services that collect organic waste directly from the commercial location in order to comply with new laws and follow New York City regulations.

NYC Organic Waste Recycling

New York City collects over 3 million tons of trash and recycling each year from residents alone, after adding commercial, construction, and demolition waste, the total comes to 14 tons annually.* Residential recycling participation clocks in at just 15%, even though more than 30% is curbside recyclable. Another 30% is considered organic waste and can be composted, but isn’t!

What is considered organic waste in New York City? All food scraps, from pizza crust to carrot shavings. Plant trimmings, yard waste, and other organic matter is considered organic waste. Food soiled waste such as used tea bags or coffee filters, as well as certified compostable cutlery, plates, and napkins are also considered organic waste. This organic waste can all be composted and converted into soil and renewable energy.

Royal Waste is one of the premier companies actively composting NYC organic waste

Royal Waste Services offers curbside pickup for any kind of waste throughout New York City including Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk and Staten Island. Royal Waste’s strong commitment to the environment and partnerships with businesses across New York City creating simple and easy to follow waste management plans.

By separating organic waste from our recyclables and other discards, New Yorkers cut the amount of trash that ends up in landfills. When organic waste is diverted from landfills there is a huge cut in greenhouse gas emissions, thus decreasing consumer’s own ecological footprint. With the implementation of organic composting throughout New York City, new opportunities for residents and businesses to improve their environmental practices and lessen their environmental impact.



Don’t Panic, it’s Organic! Debunking Modern Day Organic Waste Myths

The simple truth about properly disposing organic waste is just that; simple. There are numerous benefits of separating organic and raw materials from your everyday trash bin, and when executed perfectly, can make a strong positive impact on the environment.

Myth 1: Compost attracts rodents and other unwanted creatures
Fact: Vermin can be easily deterred by using the proper disposal containers for curbside pickup. By using industrial-grade air-locked bin, you will attract no unwanted visitors to your property.

Myth 2: Collecting food waste in my kitchen will be messy
Fact: With the increasing popularity of at-home composting habits, more and more attractive, low-key options have become available. An understated ceramic countertop crock is a convenient way to collect scraps. Just line the container with a biodegradable liner and you have an easily removable bag of scraps to toss directly into your organic waste bin come trash day.

Myth 3: Getting started will interrupt my regular routine
Fact: By introducing a new method of disposal in our New York City home or office, New Yorkers can easily create the new normal routine, teach children and coworkers alike the importance and ease of separating our waste. With that stylish countertop crock, everyone in your home can be composting in no time.

Contact Royal Waste today to discuss how to optimize your businesses sanitation and waste programs!

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For More Information Call: 718-526-2623

Single-use New York City Styrofoam Ban becomes a reality

Great news New Yorkers, our city is finally joining a growing list of municipalities across the country to ban styrofoam, a.k.a. polystyrene.

As of January 1st 2019, the squeaky material is officially not permitted for use in New York City. Banned products include single-use items, such as:

  • • Cups
  • • Bowls
  • • Plates
  • • Takeout food containers
  • • Trays
  • • Packing peanuts (foam loose fill packaging)

This incredibly complex product is nearly impossible to recycle.  It virtually never breaks down, and ends up in landfills, as litter on our streets, oceans and waterways, and is harmful to wildlife and public health. New York City’s Styrofoam ban reinforces their commitment to reducing waste and to our environment!



An estimated 25 billion styrofoam cups are used and disposed of by Americans each year.* Now, with the help of this foam ban in New York city, that number will drop drastically in the next few years. Let’s use this new opportunity to educate our peers about the importance of continuing to develop new legislation in favor of our environment.

Polystyrene easily breaks down into tiny particles, but the indestructible foam remains in the environment for into the hundreds of years, and eventually making its way into waterways used by humans and wildlife tainting our drinking water.

According to research published by Public Radio International, a nationwide study found that 83 percent of drinking water samples, including tap water from the US Capitol complex, Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington, DC, and the Trump Grill in New York, contained remnants of microscopic plastic and polystyrene fibers. With this much synthetic residue showing up in water from the faucets throughout the nation, researchers predict that it is more than likely these same particles are finding their way into the meals Americans prepare in their kitchens.**

New York City’s new ban on styrofoam is a win for the city and planet. With so many new environmentally friendly and plant-based alternatives available, the senseless use of toxic and everlasting polystyrene will come to an end.


Take the opportunity to recognize our excessive use of unnecessary styrofoam and plastic consumption. It’s ubiquitous and we are so used to it’s abundance, but we must change our ways and do what we can to cut waste.

Attractive reusable water bottles and food containers are more durable, temperature accurate and attractive to use. Why not start your new year off with a renewed promise to be a more environmentally-conscious New Yorker.

Let Royal Waste help you, your tenants and your employees learn best practices when it comes to reducing single-use items and New York recycling.  Let’s keep our city clean, and improve our overall environmental footprint.





For More Information Call: 718-526-2623

Please Note Holiday Schedule Pickup Times

In Honor of Martin Luther King Day Holiday,

there will be no service Sunday Night, January 19th.

Regular service will resume the evening of Monday, January 20th.


“The time Is always right to do what is right.”  – MLK


For More Information Call: 718-526-2623


Making Sustainable Strides Through Collaboration: Royal Waste Services & Emerald Brand

Zero-waste solutions are now even more attainable for clients of Royal Waste and Emerald Brand. The goal of this newly announced partnership is to take the next steps in mainstreaming sustainability, making responsible choices simple, easy, and clear to the everyday consumer.

Emerald Products

This collaboration will utilize Emerald Brand’s compostable towels, tissues, packaging materials, and food service necessities at industrial composting facilities utilizing Royal Waste’s hauling services. The compost matter will then be moved to local organic farms where the breakdown process will begin and break down to soils. The new partnership provides clients of both companies with a transparent, full-circle composting solution.

Maximizing Environmental Savings

Connecting these two facets of the composting process curtails the amount of organic material ending up in landfills, maximizing environmental savings. The similar values and philosophies of these two individual organizations have aligned their missions to achieve their mutual goals of educating consumers on sustainable practices, while expanding attainable, quantifiable, and affordable sustainable solutions to the community.

Royal Waste & Emerald: Sustainability

Team training will occur on both the Royal Waste and Emerald Brand sides of the program, ensuring accurate communication and execution of goals to new and existing clientele. For clients requesting full-circle composting services, Emerald Brand will be authorized as Royal Waste Services exclusive vendor for compostables. Similarly, for Emerald’s clients requesting full-circle composting services, Royal Waste Services will become Emerald’s exclusive partner for all organic and compostable waste in the New York City area.

Ralph Bianculli Junior, Managing Director of Emerald Brand, expresses his enthusiasm for the newfound partnership, “Emerald Brand and Royal Waste are two family-owned and operated sustainability leaders in our respective industries. Our partnership is another step forward in helping clients achieve a true zero-waste solution, which will be the future benchmark for corporations and governments globally.”

About Royal Waste

Royal Waste Service’s primary goal is to eliminate and reduce waste through education, training, and availability of sustainable options. For over 20 years, Royal’s commitment to a sustainable future is the beating heart of the company, and translates into everything they do. By better serving the community through sustainable strategies and waste reduction techniques, Royal’s dedicated team has worked with other businesses to improve operations, attain regulatory requirements, and improve diversion rates.

Contact Royal Waste online or Call 718-526-2623

New Rules For New York City Businesses Regarding Organic Waste Recycling

As of August 15, 2018, more New York businesses are required by law to separate their organic waste. The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) believes that this is critical to meeting the city’s zero waste goals and requires businesses full participation to help with organic waste recycling

Businesses who meet the following criteria must adhere to the new rules:
•  Restaurant chains of 100 or more NYC locations
•  Restaurants with 15,000 sq. ft. or more
•  Retail food stores with 25,000 sq.ft or more

All Businesses Must Follow the Rules or Risk Fines 
The new rule went into effect August 15, 2018, and will be fully enforced beginning in February 2019. Any business not in compliance will be issued hefty fines by NYC DSNY.

How Can Royal Waste Services Help? 

Royal Waste is dedicated to helping businesses comply with these rules as well as assisting you in creating a comprehensive waste management plan. We can take it a step further and assist you with setting up a full composting program to keep any commercial business in compliance with these new organic waste recycling laws. 

Our team is dedicated to changing the way people and organizations recycle because it’s more important than ever to minimize the excessive waste produced by the city and to decrease our overall carbon footprint. Let our team guide you through the new rules.
Contact Us Today!

Learn the Impact of Improper Recycling and How You Can Help

It’s time for some trash talk! There’s a crisis in our country’s recycling process and it’s up to anyone who makes trash (in other words, everyone) to take some small steps towards big positive improvements.

In the past few years, recycling has been faced with some real global issues. The truth is that the international recycling process could become a broken system if we don’t start a movement for change. It comes down to the symbiotic relationship we have with China and our recycling habits. Here’s what that means…

Unfortunately, in recent years, what’s been happening is more contaminated trash has made its way into recycle bins in the US, and therefore into the materials we export to China. This has caused China to refuse to accept our goods, thereby halting the entire process of recycling. We’re now drowning in garbage because more and more potentially recyclable materials are being rejected and therefore ending up in landfills.

Local New York City Single Stream Recycling Facility

In his May 13, 2018, Wall Street Journal article, “Recycling, Once Embraced by Businesses and Environmentalists, Now Under Siege,” author Bob Tita reports, “As cities aggressively expanded recycling programs to keep more discarded household items out of landfills, the purity of US scrap deteriorated as more trash infiltrated the recyclables. Discarded food, liquid-soaked paper and other contaminants recently accounted for as much as 20% of the material shipped to China… double from 5 years ago.”

This is devastating to the recycling industry (and eventually our environment). We must do our best to create a movement towards clean recycling by every consumer, every person. It’s simply time to change our recycling habits.

The Importance of Proper Recycling

At the beginning of 2018, Beijing began what they call the “National Sword” program. They no longer accept import of 24 different kinds of solid waste, including most kinds of plastics. In addition, China is being extremely selective regarding the condition of cardboard and paper they’ll allow.

All imported material has to have a contamination level of under 0.5%. To put that in context, a 1600-pound bale must have under 8 pounds of contaminants inside to be deemed okay to pass.

Our goal here at Royal Waste is to make a real difference in the mission of recycling in NY. We’re leading the charge in the recycling industry and are proud to say that absolutely none of the thousands of tons of garbage we receive is being sent to landfills.

Royal Waste is passionate about making recycling in New York — and the world — succeed. If everyone committed to small (doable) adjustments, the vicious cycle would start returning to a sustainable cycle.

About Us

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, especially ensuring recycling compliance in New York City. Download our free signs to post, guide and remind everyone about the proper way to recycle. For more information, contact us today at or 718-526-2623.

DSNY Announcing New Organic Waste Separation Rules for Commercial Businesses

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) recently announced new organic recycling rules that will affect larger restaurants, chain restaurants and grocery stores. They are expanding current commercial organic waste separation programs to include these establishments to continually improve upon current recycling standards. The goal is to implement best practices ensuring that less food waste is sent to landfills, and with organic waste recycling NYC businesses ensure they use or dispose of these materials more efficiently.

Diverting this material from landfills to use for soil-enhancing compost or as an energy source in aerobic and anaerobic digesters is a key component of the City’s goal. This goal entails sending zero waste to landfills by the year 2030. Right now, this waste makes up more than one-third of all commercial waste.

Royal Waste strives to do everything we can to meet 100% of the new recycling standards to keep waste out of our landfills, but we cannot do this alone. We need everyone’s participation and help to make the system of recycling work. Our composting program can help you reduce waste at your place of business.

New Compost and Organic Waste Rules New York City


Establishments Covered by Business Organics Rules
Businesses who meet the minimum requirements below must comply with the business organics rules.

As of August 15, 2018: (future additions)
• Food service establishments with a floor area of at least 15,000 square feet
• Food service establishments that are part of a chain of 100 or more locations
in the city of New York
• Retail food stores with a floor area of at least 25,000 square feet

As of July 19, 2016: (current)
• Food service establishments in hotels with 150 or more rooms
• Arenas and stadiums with a seating capacity of at least 15,000 people
• Food manufacturers with a floor area of at least 25,000 square feet
• Food wholesalers with a floor area of at least 20,000 square feet

Royal Waste Is Here to Assist You!

Do you need assistance with complying with these new rules or need help with your overall waste management plan? Royal Waste will gladly guide you through the process. Our team of sustainability management experts is dedicated to helping our clients with their recycling and waste management needs. Contact us today to learn more.

Chinese Regulations Help Improve America’s Recycling Habits

In 2013, the global recycling community was thrown for a loop when China launched Operation Green Fence, an initiative enforcing new regulations on recyclable waste from foreign exporters. In short, the new regulations stated that China would no longer accept recyclable material above 1% contamination, a significant decrease from the previous threshold of 8% contamination.

In effort to enforce their fortification of waste management and quality regulations concerning imported recyclables, China’s campaign wreaked havoc on American recycling plants. Today, almost five years since the initiative began, vast improvements have been made by Royal Waste and our constituents in an effort to properly manage exported recycling materials.

What exactly has Operation Green Fence meant for the American recycler? Prior to the operation, each day, after thousands of shipping containers filled with Chinese exports from for American consumers were emptied, they were then reloaded with recyclable metals, plastics, rubbers, papers, cardboard, and textiles and sent back to China. There, these recyclables were used as raw materials by Chinese manufacturers.

A decrease in quality of the American-exported recyclables began to negatively impact the system, with too high a percentage of the materials being contaminated by food, scrap, and garbage. With their manufacturers best interest in mind, the Chinese government set new parameters for imported recyclables which would avoid the massive cost of re-sorting the imported materials, protect their own producers as well as greatly reduce the environmental impact.

As one of America’s largest exports to China, recyclables are in ever-important commodity to the American economy, and it’s no wonder why China wanted to ensure their purity and cleanliness. After the enactment of the operation, 70% of the imported containers of recyclables were subject to inspection, prompting more attention from recyclers and shippers and all the way down to the consumer.

Royal Waste Services is doing everything in our power to produce the cleanest possible product from what is turned over to us. Through consumer education, and our use of single stream recycling, quality control is at it’s highest level ever since Operation Green Fence was first introduced. Extra attention from consumers to properly sort and clean their recyclables in accordance with New York City sanitation laws is paramount and has helped us adjust our practices to align to Operation Green Fence.

How Can You Help?

Prior to recycling anything, consumers should be sure that all liquids are emptied, and all food residue has been rinsed out from containers. With new laws recently enacted in the New York City area regarding recycling and waste services, it is more important than ever to familiarize yourself with these new regulations to help us ensure the materials are properly disposed of and recycled. Recycling is a team effort, and it starts with you, the consumer. Leave the messy stuff to Royal Waste Services.


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, especially ensuring recycling compliance in New York City. 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 us at or 718-526-2623.

Royal Waste Partners with JFK International Airport to Achieve LEED Certification

JFK IAT at Terminal 4 teamed up with Royal Waste Services, Inc., for help in achieving their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) goals.

LEED is a rating system created by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to determine the overall environmental performance of a building. The USGBC’s mission is “to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.”

How Royal Waste Improved the Waste Diversion Program at JFK Terminal 4

To that end, Royal Waste worked with the folks at JFKIAT to build a waste diversion program to improve their LEED scores. With Royal’s assistance, we helped bring the TTD waste diversion rate at JFK Terminal 4 from below 10% to now above 50%. JFK International Airport now has the first air terminal in the U.S. to be awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings.

It took two years of hard work to implement initiatives that now divert 6,226,640 million pounds of recyclables from trash yearly and save 50 tons of paper waste from bathroom towels.

Royal Waste is committed to recycling innovation, sustainability progress and minimizing environmental impact.  We support and empower businesses to make their own contributions to improving and minimizing their environmental impact and footprint. We know that far greater impact can be realized by partnering with businesses for this shared opportunity to pursue a better world.

Learn how Royal Waste can help you achieve your LEED, waste diversion and waste management goals. Contact us today.

Royal Waste and JFK IAT at Terminal 4 LEED Award

(L-R) Micheal Reali, Royal Waste Services; Gert-Jan de Graaff, President and CEO JFKIAT; Joe Morra, Royal Waste Services; Sharon Murray, Facilities Manager JFKIAT.

Royal Waste and JFK IAT at Terminal 4 LEED Award


Etsy Leverages Organic Composting to Help the Environment

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.”

Where Does Organic Waste End Up?

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 recycling and 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.

Organic composting in NYC has a Champion!

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. Learn more about our waste management and organic recycling services now. Contact us today.

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. NYC plastic recycling is growing by leaps and bounds

“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.

Learn more about our waste diversion and organic recycling services by contacting us today.

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