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Organic Recycling Facilities and Regulations

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Organic recycling facilities include composting, anaerobic digestion, land application and other technologies. Under New York State solid waste regulations, there are three levels of regulatory oversight for facilities: exempt, registered and permitted. Exempt facilities pose limited potential for environmental impacts and therefore owners are not typically required to notify the Department of their existence, although there are often basic conditions they must follow. For registered facilities, prior to operation, a representative of the facility must notify the Department of their intent to operate a facility and must receive acknowledgment for their request. Registered facilities must adhere to a moderate level of operating requirements. Permitted facilities pose greater potential environmental impacts, and therefore must go through the Part 360 permitting application process which includes submission of a detailed engineering report, adherence to comprehensive design and operating requirements and providing an opportunity for public comment.

Registrations and permits for organic recycling facilities are processed through the Division of Materials Management staff in the NYSDEC Regional Offices.


More about Organic Recycling Facilities and Regulations:

  • Regulations for Organic Recycling Facilities - Under New York State solid waste regulations, there are three levels of regulatory oversight for facilities: exempt, registered and permitted. Exempt facilities pose the least potential for environmental impacts, followed by registered facilities and finally permitted that pose greatest potential environmental impacts, and therefore require the most regulatory oversight.
  • Organic Recycling Facility Annual Report Forms - Registered and permitted organic recycling facilities are required to submit an annual report to the Department in accordance with the regulations.