Commercial Establishments to Recycle Organic waste under a new Proposal

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Large scale commercial establishment and public places like food vendors in hotels and restaurants, ball parks and arenas would be required to separate their organic waste under a new city plan looking to stop sending the material to landfills.

City officials said that food and other organic material constitute a third of the city’s commercial waste. The organic waste will be utilized to create soil through composting or to create natural gas.

Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a statement saying that, “The commercial establishments in today’s proposal are already recycling plastics and metals, and by additionally recycling organic material, they will significantly contribute to reducing our City’s waste stream – leading the path to send Zero Waste to landfills by 2030.”

Waste Management is the need of the hour.

Up to 50,000 tons per year of food waste is expected to be diverted under the new proposal that will have a public comment period and hearing. The rule wouldn’t take effect until six months after it was adopted and it would be another six months before fines could be issued.

Business establishments affected by the new rule can hire a firm to collect the organic waste or do on site composting.

The One New York Plan

Under its One New York plan the city pledged to send no waste to landfills and to reduce waste disposal by 90 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Restaurants, grocery stores, fast food establishments and caterers are exempt from the current proposal, but the de Blasio administration w… MORE

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