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As the state of New York contemplates a state-wide food waste ban, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NY DEC) is guiding the process and supporting the collaboration of its stakeholders. NY DEC and New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) are working together to assist businesses and service providers with wasted food diversion. The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) has partnered with NYSP2I to share best practices and resources from its experience in other states. To learn more or to request assistance, contact CET today at 888-813-8552 or e-mail wastedfood@cetonline.org.

NYSP2I Sustainable Food Program

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) Sustainable Food Program helps food-related businesses and institutions reduce and divert wasted food through an online information clearinghouse, technical assistance, and applied research. The clearinghouse includes various tools such as a Step-by-Step Guide, Self-assessment and Tracking, and Food Waste Estimator.

NYSP2I’s Organic Resource Locator is an interactive map to help connect food-related businesses and institutions with potential resources, such as food banks, compost sites, and anaerobic digesters. NYSP2I offers technical assistance to help businesses and institutions reduce and divert wasted food. Assistance can range from brief support to a project or training.

Contact 585-475-2512 or nysp2i@rit.edu to request assistance. Any New York state-registered business or institution that is involved in the generation or management of food waste is eligible. NYSP2I is a funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and housed at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Helpful New York Wasted Food Resources

  • New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3)
    • This state-wide organization includes an Organics Council with five working groups focused on keeping food scraps and yard waste out of landfill. The council includes working groups focused on education and events, end products and marketing, food recovery, infrastructure development and support, and legislation.
  • Map of New York State compost facilities
    • Map from the Cornell Waste Management Institute of compost facilities, compost education and demonstration sites, and transfer stations diverting organics to centralized facilities.
  • Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act
    • The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (Public Law 104-210) protects donors from liability when donating to nonprofit organizations and protects donors from civil and criminal liability should the product, donated in good faith, later cause harm to the needy recipient.

New York Legal/Regulatory Requirements

  • Currently, there is proposed legislation (Senate Bill S3418) to prevent and divert wasted food.
  • Effective January 1, 2022, New York will enforce the Food Donation and Food Scrap Recycling Act. This law requires businesses that generate at least 2 tons of food waste per work and are within 25 miles of an organics recycler to recycle organic material. These generators are also required to separate excess edible food for donation. This law does not apply to hospitals, nursing homes, or grade schools, as well as New York City businesses who already abide by the NYC Commercial Organics Recycling Mandate. Generators are required to submit an annual report that summarizes the amount of edible food donated, food scraps processed, and the haulers and processors used.
  • The NYC Commercial Organics Recycling Mandate (Local Law 146) states that as of July 1, 2015, specific large-scale generators are mandated to arrange recycling or to employ department-approved methods to process the materials themselves. NYC’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling is responsible for enforcing the law. The Commercial Organic Recycling Mandate, created by The Institute for Local Self-Reliance, outlines those organic waste generators that are required to comply. In early 2018, New York City Department of Sanitation adopted and published the final rule related to expansion of the commercial organics recycling mandate which will take effect in August 2018.


For more information regarding food waste estimates, source separation guidance, and how to start a food donation program, open CET’s Toolbox.



Contact CET to learn more about food recovery and waste diversion opportunities for your business, institution, customers, or association members: