DSNY Update: Food-Related Businesses Must Containerize Their Waste

July 20, 2023

As part of their commitment to keeping our streets clean, the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is implementing a new rule to send rats packing. Starting August 1, all food-related businesses in NYC must use rigid containers with secure lids when setting out trash for collection. A guide can be found here.

All food-related Businesses:

This rule impacts catering establishments, food manufacturers, food preparation establishments, food service establishments, food wholesalers, and retail food stores. Restaurants, grocery stores, delis, bodegas, caterers, or other businesses that sell or handle food must comply.

Refuse and organic material:

Any putrescible material (refuse or organic material) set out on the curb for collection must be in a container with a secure lid. This requirement does not apply to other recyclables (metal, glass, plastic, or paper) or businesses collecting waste from a loading dock.

This rule does not require separating trash and organics, only using containers for collection. However, some businesses are required to separate their organic waste. You must comply with the NYC Commercial Organics Rules if your business meets the minimum requirements. Does this law cover you? Visit nyc.gov/commercialorganics

When to set out:

Per recent setout rules, businesses that place waste on the curb have two options:

  • Place waste at the curb 1 hour before closing or after 8:00 PM

Store bins inside or outside:

Containers should be stored inside or in a rear yard if possible. If space is unavailable, bins can be stored within three (3) feet of the building line when not set out for collection. Bins must be maintained neat and orderly and always allow for a clear path of pedestrian travel on the sidewalk.

Join an info session!

Need more information to prepare your business? Join one of our weekly trainings starting next week through the end of August.

Meeting Date

Meeting Time

Registration Link

July 18

11 am


July 24

2 pm


August 3

11:30 am


August 11

2 pm


August 15

6 pm


August 24

4 pm


August 28

11:30 am



If you cannot attend an info session, visit nyc.gov/usebins for more information.

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