Note From DSNY: All Businesses Must Containerize Waste Starting March 1

01/29/2024 in
Note From DSNY: All Businesses Must Containerize Waste Starting March 1

It’s a big day for clean curbs in New York! Starting March 1, 2024, all businesses in NYC must use bins with secure lids when setting out trash for collection, as mandated by the Department of Sanitation. From DSNY:

This rule applies to any business in New York City, regardless of what is sold. Any perishable material (trash or organic material) must be in a bin with a secure lid when set out on the curb for collection. This requirement does not apply to recyclables (metal, glass, plastic or paper) or to businesses that have waste collected from a loading dock.

When setting out trash for collection, businesses can either place waste at the curb an hour before closing time, or after 8 p.m. 

DSNY says that when not in use, bins should be stored inside or in a rear yard if possible, though if space is not available, bins can be stored within three feet of the building line outside of collection times. It is important to keep bins maintained and to ensure pedestrians can easily walk on the sidewalk during and outside collection times.

Food-related businesses have had a containerization rule in effect since August 1, 2023, while the chain business containerization rule, which includes all businesses with five or more locations in New York City, has been in effect since September 5, 2023. 

If you need more information on the new containerization rule, DSNY will be holding training sessions; sign up, or learn more about the program here.

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