Large NYC stadiums like Citi Field, Yankee Stadium, and the Barclays Center might soon be required to compost their leftover and half-eaten Nathan's hot dogs, Fatty 'Cue pork sandwiches, and Nacho Helmets (minus the helmets), rather than carting them all off to the landfill.
The new proposal, which would apply to all arenas and stadiums with a seating capacity of at least 15,000 (plus kitchens in city hotels and large food manufacturers and wholesalers) is part of Mayor de Blasio's new Zero Waste plan—announced on Earth Day, it calls for a 90% disposed waste reduction in NYC by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.
Under the proposed legislation, stadiums would have the option to hire private companies to handle their food waste, cart it away themselves, or even bring in their own compost bins.
Capital reports that the proposal, if enacted, would double the amount of organic waste collected by the city, bringing the total up to about 100,000 tons a year. That's all well and good, assuming the city has somewhere to process it—in December, WNYC reported that NYC's two-year-old organic-waste processing plant (which happened to be in Delaware, go figure) had been shut down, diverting organic waste—you guessed it—straight back to the landfill.
Why? Because Delaware couldn't quite handle the "highly-contaminated nature of New York City's organic waste." (Again, go figure.)
Still, according to Capital, the NYC Sanitation Department is optimistic about this potential influx of hotdogs, etc.—according to spokesman Vito Turso, DSNY has identified 5 to 10 private organic-waste processing sites within 100 miles of NYC, at least one of which "is scheduled to open in the next year and accept up to 100,000 tons of organic waste per year."
The city council will hold a public hearing on the proposal this summer. The mayor's office is hoping that it will go into effect this fall, although businesses will have a six month grace period to teach their concession stand employees how to churn compost (or something like that.)