New Rule Requiring Lidded Trash Cans for Food-Related Businesses

Mayor Eric Adams announced a new waste rule mandating the use of secure, lidded trash cans for food-related businesses in an effort to combat overflowing trash on sidewalks and deter rat infestations.

On Wednesday, June 28th, Mayor Eric Adams announced new waste rules for food-related businesses requiring trash to be stored in secure containers. This initiative aims to tackle the persistent problem of overflowing trash bags on city sidewalks, enhancing cleanliness and deterring rat infestation. Simultaneously, the administration has initiated the rule-making process for a proposal to expand containerization requirements to chain businesses with five or more locations in the city.

Below is a fact sheet regarding the new rules:


In May, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) proposed a new rule mandating the use of lidded trash cans for specific food-related businesses. The rule is set to be published in the City Record, taking effect on July 30, 2023, with enforcement beginning on August 1, 2023. This factsheet provides important information regarding the application of the rule.


The new rule applies to the following types of businesses:

  • Restaurants
  • Caterers
  • Grocery stores
  • Delis
  • Bodegas


Covered trash cans must be used for the disposal of compostable material. The lids should securely close to prevent access by pests and ensure proper waste containment.


Upon the rule’s publication in the City Record, businesses falling under the scope of the regulation must promptly comply with the requirements outlined above. Enforcement actions will commence on August 1, 2023.

Compliance and Penalties

To ensure compliance, businesses are strongly encouraged to adopt the use of lidded trash cans within the specified timeframe. Failure to comply with the rule may result in penalties. Fines for non-compliance will start at $50 for the first offense.

It is crucial to note that the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) does not provide trash collection services for private businesses. Therefore, affected businesses must make arrangements for waste collection through private carting companies or obtain city approval to handle waste removal themselves.

Businesses can refer to the official press release from the New York City Department of Sanitation for additional information and stay updated on any further developments regarding the rule.