All commercial businesses and multi-family properties (apartments/condominiums) are required to subscribe to organic waste collection services, unless they have an approved waiver or an alternative service such as back-haul, self-haul, shared service, or third-party service provider.
Businesses and multi-family complexes (five units or more) with an approved waiver will not be required to subscribe to compost recycling service for a 5-year period. There are two types of waivers:
1. Minimal generation waivers (De minimis) – for businesses and multi-family properties that generate a minimal amount of compostable/organic waste (food scraps, food-soiled paper, and plant debris):
Overall Amount of Trash & Recycling Combined
Threshold to Quality for a Minimal Generation Waiver
Less than 2 cubic yards per week
Of the 2 cubic yards or less of waste, no more than 10 gallons of compostable/organic waste is generated per week.
2 or more cubic yards per week
Of the 2 cubic yards or more of waste, no more than 20 gallons of compostable/organic waste is generated per week.
2. Physical space waivers – when there are physical space constraints that prohibit the addition of compost and recycling containers. Both businesses and multifamily properties are eligible to apply. If you believe that your business or multi-family dwelling qualifies for waiver, please complete the waiver application. Completion of the application doesn’t guarantee that the waiver will be granted. Each waiver request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and granted or not, based on the criteria outlined above.