On September 16, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., DEC will be hosting a free webinar providing updates on the NYS Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling law. They will be joined by NYS Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) who will provide an overview of their services and give an exciting announcement on upcoming available funding for organics diversion. Register for the September 16th webinar.
In 2019, NYS passed the Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling law. Effective January 1, 2022, businesses that generate more than two tons of wasted food and food scraps per week or more must donate their excess edible food and recycle all remaining food scraps if they are within 25 miles of a food scraps recycle (composter, anaerobic digester, etc.).
Examples of businesses that may be subject to this law include, but are not limited to, grocery stores, restaurants, colleges, hotels, malls, zoos, airports, sports arenas, event venues, etc. This law excludes New York City (who has a local law in place), hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities and K-12 schools.