New York Sanitation Department has proposed a new city sanitation rule. All the restaurants, chains, and other foodservice providers have to compost under the new city proposal. The new sanitation rule has proposed to cut down organic waste in New York.
Almost 8,500 additional businesses have to separate their food scraps and organic waste to comply with recycling requirements. Every year, the Sanitation Department keeps 100,000 tons of food waste out of landfills.
All the companies in New York City are producing more than 650,000 tons of food waste each year and this waste is being sent to landfills where it emits harmful methane gas. As per the new rule, thousands of businesses, coffee shops, restaurants and hotels have to separate their organics for composting.
Restaurants which are larger than 700 square feet and chains with two or more number in the city location, grocery stores bigger than 10,000 square feet and food points in hotels with 100 square feet have to compost under the proposed rule. And for that purpose, they are even advised to visit BeGreenBeHappy.com for eco-friendly composting machines.
New York City Hospitality Alliance executive director Andrew Rigie said that the restaurant and nightlife venue advocacy group support composting but it is not capable to withstand this proposed expansion. Larger restaurants and food eateries are already required to compost under 2013 law but the latest expansion will completely implement the law.