Organic Recycling/Composting

NYC Organic Waste Recycling/Composting Programs

With our continual efforts to create a sustainable future, Royal Waste has developed Food Waste Organic Recycling Programs. Often reducing waste by up to 50% at your location, composting will increase recycling rates and divert waste from landfills. A key ingredient in organic farming, organic recycling/compost turns food waste into valuable high-grade topsoil. Cost efficient and effective, the Royal Waste sustainability managers can help you set up an easy-to-participate organic recycling program at your location, providing everything you need to get started right away.

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New Business Organics Rules

Beginning July 19, 2016, certain New York City businesses will be required by law to separate their organic waste.

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Establishments Covered by Commercial Organics Rules

If your business meets the minimum requirements outlined below, you must comply with the business organics rules.

Arenas and Stadiums

15,000 or More Seats

Food Manufacturers

25,000 sq. ft. or More

Food Wholesalers

20,000 sq. ft. or More

Food Service in Hotels

150 or More Rooms

What Organics to Separate

Food Scraps

Do not include material sold to farmers or rendering companies, or food that is donated.

Plant Trimmings

Food-Soiled Paper

Certified Compostable Products

Must meet processor certification requirements

How to Comply and Avoid Violations

Provide labeled containers specifically for organics, and post signage with instructions about organics separation requirements in areas where staff handles organics.

Employees must place materials in appropriate labeled containers and ensure that organics are not mixed with any garbage or recyclables.

Arrange for organics to be transported and/or processed separately from garbage and recycling. Post a sign next to your BIC decal that clearly indicates your arrangement.

Partners In Organic Recycling

We've partnered with local farms and community groups to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in NY/NJ landfills while creating valuable resources. Learn more about how Royal Waste is partnered with McEnroe Farms located in upstate New York to produce the highest quality compost from your food waste.

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Tips To Help Make Your Company Compliant

  • Perform a waste audit to identify unnecessary waste, and save your business money! Your carter may be required to assist you in this, or use the EPA's website at
  • Many organizations in New York City accept donated food and make free pick ups, reducing your hauling costs. Track donations for corporate responsibility reports. Visit to learn more.
  • Don't send empty trucks to pick up produce at farms. Investigate if backhauling is right for your business.
  • If you suspect that your carter or building management is not handling organics properly, file a complaint at

Options to Transport or Process Organic Materials

Private Carter Service

  • Hire a private Carter to collect the organic waste for the purpose of processing by composting or anaerobic/aerobic digestion.
  • Use set-out containers that meet your Carter's specifications, and have latching lids that are resistant to tampering by rodents or wildlife.
  • Set out organic waste containers with lids securely attached.

Self Transport

  • Register with the NYC Business Integrity Commission (BIC) to legally transport organic waste.
  • Transport your own organics directly to a processor for composting or anaerobic/aerobic digestion, or to a transfer station that will ensure that the material remains separate from other waste and will be transferred to a final location for proper processing.
  • Keep a copy of the written agreement with the processor or transfer station, and make available to DSNY upon request.

On-Site Processing

  • Submit the on-site processing form at to DSNY within 30 days of installation. Process the material by composting or aerobic/anaerobic digestion. A food waste grinder is not permitted.
  • Record weights or volumes, and retain for a minimum period of three years to submit them to DSNY upon request.
  • Make transportation arrangements for remaining organic waste via one of the other options.

Making It Easy

Organic recycling can be difficult and messy without the right help or resources. Royal Waste provides onsite training for your staff, along with easy-to-follow, step-by-step guidelines and composting bins to make the process convenient. Our 64-gallon toters are maintained and deodorized as needed to keep your organic recycling area sanitary. We'll set you up, help you get started and create a schedule that works for you. Let us make your waste diversion efforts a reality, with zero hassles.

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Organic Recycling Programs

We specialize in starting and managing organic recycling programs for a wide array of both commercial and public institutions. Here is a brief overview of organizations that can immediately benefit from Royal Waste Composting Programs:

  • Restaurants
  • Office Buildings
  • Hotels
  • Supermarkets
  • Food Processors & Distributors
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Colleges and Universities

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