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On November 20, 2019, Mayor de Blasio signed into law LL199 of 2019, requiring the establishment of Commercial Waste Zones throughout New York City.

The Commercial Waste Zones (CWZ) program will create a revised commercial waste collection system by dividing the city into 20 zones, each served by up to three carters selected through a competitive process. We break it down for you here.

UPDATE: DSNY delays implementation of Commercial Waste Zone program in response to COVID-19. See the latest here.




Every year, more than 100,000 New York City office buildings, retailers, restaurants, manufacturers, and other commercial establishments generate more than 3,000,000 tons of waste—refuse and recyclables.

The new Commercial Waste Zones bill will create a more organized and consolidated approach to waste management that prioritizes sustainability and service alongside simple cost-based factors. The aim is to make the city safer, cleaner, and more efficient – while maintaining competition through a non-exclusive zoning model – by creating incentives for the most responsible hauler-operators to service the city.

Commercial Waste Zone Timeline


Nov 17

Implementation plan released


Nov 19

Enactment of local law


Mar 27

Delay announced


May 1

Second delay announced


Feb 19

Phase 1 of the RFP due

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