New DSNY Rule: Chain Stores Must Use Containerization

August 24, 2023

Starting September 5, all chain businesses in NYC must use rigid containers with secure lids when setting out trash for collection. This new rule is an important step in keeping our streets clean!

This rule applies to any business with five or more locations in New York City, regardless of what is sold.  Any perishable 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 to businesses that have waste collected from a loading dock. A guide can be found here.


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
  • 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 in a neat and orderly manner 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 through the end of September.

Meeting Date

Meeting Time

Registration Link

August 24

4 pm

August 28

11:30 am

Sept. 5

11 am

Sept. 14

2 pm

Sept. 18

6 pm

Sept. 27

3 pm

If you’re unable to make an info session, please go to for more information.

As a reminder – the rule for food-related business containerization rule is in effect as of 8/1. All catering establishments, food manufacturers, food preparation establishments, food service establishments, food wholesalers, and retail food stores must use a bin to keep streets clean and avoid a fine.

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