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NYSDEC Proposes Extensive Changes to Solid Waste Regulations

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced proposed revisions to the state’s solid waste regulations to increase protections for public health, safety, natural resources and the environment. The proposed changes include measures to regulate previously unregulated facilities, activities, and waste streams within the state’s existing solid waste management program. The proposed revisions also streamline and reduce regulatory burdens for entities while maintaining environmental protections.

This is a major revision of the Part 360 Solid Waste Regulations.

Rules will affect all Transfer Stations. These rules will have very limited ‘grandfather’ provisions.  All Fill Material Transfer Stations Registered to process over 250 tons/day of material WILL NEED TO GET A FULL PERMIT.  There will be new requirements for Tracking Documents and for handling Historic Fill.

For C&D Facilities, there is a requirement that will be added that specifies that receiving, processing, and sorting of mixed C&D debris be performed within an enclosed building in order to minimize impacts on the surrounding community.  Permitted C&D facilities will have to comply with this when their existing Permit is due for renewal.

Waste Cooking Oil processing facilities will have changes made to Permitting requirements as well.

The revisions proposed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation include measures to improve the state’s regulations over facilities that handle solid waste, including facilities that manage recyclable materials, waste transfer stations, landfills and biohazard waste facilities, among others. In addition, previously unregulated facilities, including mulch processing facilities will now be regulated. The regulations will also increase oversight of construction and demolition debris and historic fill, reducing the potential threat of these waste streams to water quality and the environment on Long Island and throughout the state.

Copies of the proposed rule can be found at:

DEC has established an extensive public comment period to solicit feedback from residents and impacted facilities, and will accepted comments through July 15, 2016. Comments can be sent to

Public hearings will be held in Hauppauge on June 2, in Albany on June 6, and in Rochester on June 7. Additional public information meetings and targeted stakeholder workshops will also be held across the state.

Call Walden Environmental Engineering for any questions or advice on Solid Waste Regulations: 516-624-7200