Jan 1, 1990
January 1, 1990
The Lower East Side Ecology Center’s community compost program begins at a community garden on East 7th Street.
Jan 1, 1993
January 1, 1993
The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) creates the NYC Compost Project, which establishes compost education programs at the City’s 4 Botanical Gardens and the Lower East Side Ecology Center in Manhattan.
Jan 1, 1994
January 1, 1994
The Lower East Side Ecology Center began offering the residential compost collection program at the Union Square Greenmarket.
Mar 1, 2011
March 1, 2011
GrowNYC begins the residential compost collection pilot program at seven greenmarkets.
Feb 27, 2012
February 27, 2012
A cafeteria composting pilot program in eight public schools on Manhattan’s Upper West Side launches. The pilot is designed to test the viability of separating and composting food waste. Click for details D3 Green Schools NY.
Jan 6, 2013
January 6, 2013
GrowNYC Greenmarket collection program hits 1,000,000 pounds of compost collected.
Apr 25, 2013
April 25, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg announces more than 100 restaurants to participate in the “Food Waste Challenge.” A city program designed to reduce the amount of commercial waste sent to landfills.
Sep 1, 2012
September 1, 2012
D3 Green school pilot group expands to 89 public schools through the Department of Sanitation and the Department of Education.
Oct 2, 2013
October 2, 2013
New legislation passes for compost, which:
- Establishes a pilot for the curbside collection of household food scraps in no fewer then 100,000 homes
- Establishes a pilot in no fewer then 400 public school
- Requires a study to be completed on improving community composting
Nov 7, 2013
November 7, 2013
GrowNYC Greenmarket collection program hits 2,000,000 pounds of compost collected.
Dec 19, 2013
December 19, 2013
Waste Management and Newtown Creek wastewater treatment plant launch a one-year long pilot program to accept slurried residential food scraps and commingle them with wastewater for digestion, and analyze data from the new recipe.
Dec 30, 2013
December 30, 2013
Legislation Passes Regulating Commercial Organic Waste. This legislation requires restaurants, food service establishments of a certain size, and commercial operations that generate significant food waste, to source separate their organic waste by July 1, 2015.
Dec 1, 2014
December 1, 2014
Expansion of the Organics Collection Program continued through 2014, reaching 40% of NYC schools throughout the 5 boroughs.
Jan 1, 2015
January 1, 2015
Expand school collection to no less then 400 schools in all 5 boroughs.
Conduct a study on improving community composting, including:
- Recommendations for optimizing community composting resources
- An assessment of markets for finished compost within the city, considering use by city agencies and retail sales
- Strategies to expand community composting locations in the 5 boroughs
Apr 22, 2015
April 22, 2015
Mayor de Blasio releases One New York (OneNYC): The Plan for a Strong and Just City, and outlines NYC’s goal to send Zero Waste to landfills and reduce waste disposal by 90% relative to 2005 levels, by 2030. The press release outlines the plan, and the full list of initiatives outlines the Zero Waste goals:
- Expand the Organics Collection Program to serve all New Yorkers by 2018
- Expand curbside recycling by offering single-stream recycling by 2020
- Additional goals include recycling and waste reduction in NYCHA housing, Zero Waste schools, reuse and recycling of textiles and electronic waste, and developing a blueprint for a “Save As You Throw” program for NYC’s future
Jun 1, 2015
June 1, 2015
Yard waste collection will happen March 1st to July 31st and Sept 1st to Nov 30th each year.
Jul 10, 2015
July 10, 2015
GrowNYC Greenmarket collection program hits 3,000,000 pounds of compost collected.
Aug 19, 2015
August 19, 2015
Public Comment Period opens for the regulation proposals for the source separation and disposal of organic waste by commercial businesses in NYC.
Under this law, the following enterprises will be required to sort organic waste onsite and either: contract with a BIC-approved hauler for food scrap removal and transport to a processing facility; internally manage transport of the organic material to a processing facility; or begin utilizing an onsite food scrap processing technology:
- Food service establishments in hotels with 150 or more rooms
- Food service vendors in arenas and stadiums with seating capacity of at least 15,000 people
- Food manufacturers with a floor area of at least 25,000 sq. ft.
- Food wholesalers with a floor area of at least 20,000 sq. ft.
Jan 13, 2016
January 13, 2016
To date, compost collection through DSNY was offered to 750,000 households in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, Maps of the participating neighborhoods can be found on the DSNY website
Feb 1, 2016
February 1, 2016
The Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge invites arenas, food wholesalers and manufacturers, all food service establishments in hotels, and other businesses, to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill or incineration by at least 50% by June 2016. Participating businesses will be recognized by the city, and there are no penalties for failing to reach waste reduction goals set during the Challenge
May 1, 2016
May 1, 2016
The Waste Management organic waste digestion pilot is set to resume at the Newtown Creek wastewater treatment plant