NY DEC Issues Regulations Implementing the Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Law

New York State passed a law in April 2019 that requires many food scraps generators to donate and recycle excess food waste; the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently issued regulations implementing this law. The Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Law becomes effective January 1, 2022, and mandates a designated food scraps generator (DFSG or “generator”)—that produces an annual average of at least two tons of organic waste per week—must donate excess edible food “to the maximum extent practicable.”


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