Businesses must arrange to have garbage and recyclables removed by a licensed carting company, though owners can also apply for permission from the Business Integrity Commission (BIC) to haul their own waste. (In most cases, however, using a private carter is easier and less expensive.)
In the summer of 2015, DSNY and BIC conducted an informal carter services survey (PDF) in order to assist businesses in finding a private carter that suites their needs. The survey was sent to all NYC licensed carters, but completing the survey was voluntary. As such, not all private carters responded. The results of this survey were self-reported by the private carter and were not verified for accuracy by DSNY or BIC.
DSNY offers a convenient alternative to private carter service for professional services, such as physicians and lawyers who conduct business in residential buildings. Through this fee-based service, DSNY will collect recyclables and garbage. The annual fee is based on the estimated average number of 20-gallon bags of recyclables and garbage that your business generates per week. You may qualify if your business is in a DSNY-serviced building and you meet any one of the following criteria: