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Organics Collection Pilot for Agencies & Institutions

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Organics collection is available to city agencies and other non-profit institutions in select geographic areas of the City.  

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how to successfully run the program

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what goes in the organics bin
pilot areas
bin specs
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Submit Your Request

If you are interested in having your agency or institution participate in NYC Organics Collection, let us know by filling out the online inquiry form. If you have specific questions that cannot be answered here, contact us (in the Message section, indicate the Organics Collection Program).

After submitting the online inquiry form, your building will be added to a list of interested buildings. DSNY will be in touch once your form is processed to discuss next steps.

NOTE: Buildings located in the existing pilot areas will receive first priority. Even if you are not in an existing pilot area, we want to hear from you. The demand for organics collection services by buildings in other areas of the city will be taken to account as we expand to new neighborhoods.

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How to Successfully Run the Program

In order to make the food waste collection program successful, agencies and institutions need to:

  1. Ensure the commitment of:
    • building and facilities staff
    • food and kitchen staff (if applicable)
    • management
    • on-site waste-generators (students, residents, employees, visitors, members)
  2. Educate participants about the program, including what composting is and why we do it, what materials area accepted, what process your organization uses to collect materials, and any other relevant information.  
  3. Assign a program manager whose regular duties include managing the food waste collection program and overseeing the collection areas.
  4. Ensure proper bin set-up and signage in the food waste collection areas to increase participation and reduce contamination.
  5. Ensure that maintenance staff know the DSNY collection schedule.

Detailed programmatic requirements for site partners (such as collection schedules and bin specifications) are provided as they are added to the program.

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