NYS FOOD DONATION AND FOOD SCRAPS RECYCLING LAW
Approximately 40% of the food produced in the United States goes uneaten.
Effective date: January 1, 2022
As of January 1, 2022, large generators of food scraps (more than 2 tons of wasted food and food scraps per week on average) will need to comply with the law, including restaurants, grocery stores, hotels & motels, colleges & universities, malls, event centers, etc.
Detailed info and helpful resources
Call: Feeding NYS – (518) 930-7000
Email: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation – FoodScrapsLaw@dec.ny.gov
WHO THE LAW IMPACTS
Large generators of food scraps (more than 2 tons of wasted food and food scraps per week on average) Examples: Restaurants, grocery stores, hotels & motels, colleges & universities, malls, event centers, etc.
Large generators of food scraps must:
- Separate and donate edible food
- Separate and recycle all remaining food scraps if within 25 miles of an organics recycler
WHO IS EXCLUDED?
- Hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities, K-12 schools
- Food scraps generators located in a city with a population of one million or more which has a local law, ordinance or regulation in place which requires the diversion of edible food and food scraps from disposal. Read more on NYC organics diversion legislation: https://www1.nyc.gov/ assets/dsny/site/services/food-scraps-and-yard-waste-page/commercial-requirements
- Large generators of food scraps may petition the Department for a one-year waiver due to undue hardship