All food-related businesses in New York City must use rigid containers with secure lids when setting out trash or organic material at the curb for collection. Enforcement of this rule began on September 1, 2023.
Any type of business that sells or handles food must comply with this new rule. This includes:
- Caterers/catering establishments
- Food manufacturers
- Food preparation establishments
- Food service establishments
- Food wholesalers
- Grocery stores
- Retail food stores
- As of September 5, 2023, all businesses with five or more NYC locations, regardless of what is sold, must also follow this rule.
- Beginning March 1, 2024, all businesses in NYC must follow this rule.
Learn more about commercial containerization.
This rule does not require the separation of trash and organics, only the use of containers for collection. However, some businesses are required to separate their organic waste. Learn more at nyc.gov/commercialorganics.
Businesses that place waste on the curb have two options:
- Place waste at the curb 1 hour before closing, or
- After 8PM. If placing out after 8 PM, recyclables do not need to be in a container.
How to Store Containers
Containers should be stored inside or in a rear yard if possible. If space is not available, bins can be stored within 3 feet of the building line when not set out for collection.
Bins placed on the sidewalk must be maintained in a neat and orderly manner and allow a clear path for pedestrians.
This requirement does not apply to:
- Recyclables (metal, glass, plastic, or paper)
- Businesses that have waste collected from a loading dock
Enforcement and Complaints
The warning period for food-related businesses has ended. Enforcement began on September 1, 2023.
Businesses not following the rules will be fined:
- $50 for a first offense
- $100 for a second offense
- $200 for all subsequent offenses
Complaints about businesses violating this rule are not accepted.
Businesses with 5 or More Locations
The one month warning period for all businesses with 5 or more locations begins September 5, 2023. Complaints about businesses violating this rule are not accepted.