NYC Moves to Expand Food Composting Program

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City is moving to require large-scale commercial establishments like hotels and sporting arenas to compost all of their food scraps.

Bill de Blasio’s administration announced Thursday that it is proposing a sweeping expansion to the city’s compositing operation. Hotels with more than 150 rooms would have to compost. The requirement also would apply to arenas or stadiums with more than 15,000 seats, such as Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden.

The city hopes the new regulations will begin next year.

The first wave of the composting expansion would not affect restaurants or grocery stores. But officials say they would eventually be included.

The composting program is part of de Blasio’s ambitious plan to send zero waste to landfills and reduce waste disposal by 90 percent by 2030.