Follow these steps towards becoming more environmentally conscious for your business.

Step 1:

LEARN THE LAWS

If you want to make a change, start by educating yourself about New York City’s food waste laws and regulations. But don’t worry, you don’t have to navigate this alone. There are lots of resources and individuals dedicated to helping you through this process. Once you know what is expected of your business, you can begin taking steps to making change a reality.
Have you read the Commercial Organics Law? This ground-breaking NYC law requires certain commercial establishments to divert their food waste. Learn more here.

Check out our list of agencies who can get you started.

Commercial Organics Law

Law / Advocacy

Certain New York City establishments are required by law to separate their organic waste. Learn more if you fall into this requirement and how you comply here.

nyc.gov/commercialorganics

US Composting Council

Composting; Education; Consulting; Software / Tech; Compost Industry Support

The US Composting Council advances compost manufacturing, compost utilization, and organics recycling to benefit our members, society, and the environment.

1053 E Whitaker Mill Rd., Suite 115 Raleigh, NC 27604

301-897-2715compostingcouncil.org

NYC Department of Environmental Protection

Government, Anaerobic digestion

DEP's mission is to protect public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution.

59–17 Junction Boulevard, 13th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373

718-595-6150nyc.gov/site/dep

Commercial Waste Zones

Law / Advocacy

On November 20, 2019, Mayor de Blasio signed into law LL199 of 2019, requiring the establishment of Commercial Waste Zones throughout New York City. The CWZ program will divide the city into 20 zones, each served by up to three carters selected through a competitive process. This approach will reduce truck traffic associated with commercial waste collection by 50 percent, eliminating millions of heavy-duty truck miles from NYC streets every year, while strengthening service standards and allowing for customer choice.

nyc.gov/commercialwaste

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Education; Consulting; Law / Advocacy

NYC DOH is one of the largest public health agencies in the world. We are also one of the nation's oldest public health agencies, with more than 200 years of leadership in the field. Every day, we protect and promote the health of 8 million New Yorkers. Our work is broad-ranging. You see us in the inspection grades of dining establishments, the licenses dogs wear, the low- to no-cost health clinics in your neighborhood and the birth certificates for our youngest New Yorkers. We are also behind the scenes with our disease detectives, investigating suspicious clusters of illness. Our epidemiologists study the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions in New York City neighborhoods. These studies shape policy decisions and the City's health agenda.

125 Worth St., New York, NY 10013

212-639-9675nyc.gov/health/foodservice

The Bronx Community Foundation

Consulting; Law / Advocacy; Food Sovereignty Network

The Bronx Community Foundation is the first and only community Foundation in The Bronx. We support, work alongside, and uplift organizations already doing great work in The Bronx! Our Food Sovereignty Network supports existing organization in The Bronx including nonprofits, grassroots organizations, and/or small businesses continue to fight food insecurity in our community.

557 Grand Concourse, Suite 3, #125, Bronx, NY 10451

917-681-0961thebronx.org

NYS Pollution Prevention Institute

Education; Consulting

NYSP2I, sponsored by the Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) through the Environmental Protection Fund, offers businesses, municipalities, and community organizations resources and solutions for pollution prevention, including identifying practical, cost-effective solutions for diverting, preventing, and managing food waste.

111 Lomb Memorial Drive, Building 78, Room 2000, Rochester NY 14623

585-475-2512rit.edu

NYC Business Integrity Commission

Government

As a regulatory and law enforcement agency, the Business Integrity Commission seeks to eliminate organized crime and other forms of corruption and criminality from the commercial waste hauling industry and the City’s public wholesale markets. BIC’s various goals include: ensuring that our licensed and regulated businesses possess good character, honesty and integrity; keeping marketplaces free from corruption; providing an environment where customers and competing businesses receive fair treatment; and regulating safety in the trade waste industry, particularly to improve safety on the City’s streets for all pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, in alignment with Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative.

100 Church St., 20th Fl, New York, NY 10007

212-437-0500nyc.gov/site/bic

US EPA

Law / Advocacy

When Congress writes an environmental law, the EPA implement it by writing federal regulations. Often, we set national standards that states and tribes enforce through their own regulations. If they fail to meet the national standards, we can help them. We also enforce our regulations, and help companies understand the requirements.

epa.gov

Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Law

Law / Advocacy

Effective January 1, 2022, the NYS Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling law requires businesses and institutions that generate an annual average of two tons of wasted food per week or more must: donate excess edible food; and recycle all remaining food scraps if they are within 25 miles of an organics recycler. Learn more here.

dec.ny.gov

Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act

Law / Advocacy

The Bill Emerson Food Donation Act establishes Federal protection from civil and criminal liability for persons involved in the donation and distribution of food and grocery products to needy individuals when certain criteria are met.

usda.gov

Mayor's Office of Food Policy

Education, Law / Advocacy

The Office of Food Policy is a Mayoral office that works to advance the City’s efforts to increase food security, promote access to and consumption of healthy foods, and support economic opportunity and environmental sustainability in the food system.

nyc.gov/site/foodpolicy

Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic

Law / Advocacy

The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic serves partner organizations, communities, and governments in the U.S. and globally by providing law and policy guidance on food system issues, including food waste and food recovery.

1607 Massachusetts Avenue, 4th Floor Cambridge, MA 02138

chlpi.org/flpc

Natural Resources Defense Council

Education

Through our national Save the Food campaign, we’re raising awareness among consumers—the number one source of wasted food in the United States—and arming them with practical tips and tools to cut food waste at home.

nrdc.org/food-waste