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State Resources

New York
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is the main environmental enforcement agency in the state. New York City, New York has a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) governing the city. New York follows federal environmental regulations.

Compliance Considerations

The following links provide New York specific guidance and fact sheets for environmental compliance within the state.

Air – DEC air program page

Automotive – Automotive Recyclers Association NY specific fact sheets on auto related environmental topics

Businesses – DEC Help for Businesses page

Chemical and Pollution Control – DEC page includes links to air, waste management, water and more​

Enforcement – DEC Enforcement Policies page

Environmental Audit Incentive Policy – Benefits to working directly with DEC

Hazardous Waste – DEC hazardous waste program page

New York City Recycling & Garbage Laws​ - for Retail & other service providers (plastic bags, ​polystyrene foam, electronics, deposits, medical waste, tires, automotive service waste and more)

Permitting – Covers permitting associated with DEC regulations

Pharmaceutical Compliance - Information on RCRA compliance for pharmacies and retail facilities

Recycling Your Electronic Waste – Information on disposal ban

Small Business Assistance Program – NY small business assistance with environmental regulations

Storage Tanks – NY requirements for registration of ASTs and USTs

Universal Waste – DEC universal waste page

Water Programs – DEC water program page

Sustainability and Reducing Compliance Risk

Sustainability – Financial, technical, and information resources for NY firms for pollution prevention, recycling, and environmental sustainability from Empire State Development

Waste Reduction  – DEC Waste Reduction at New York Supermarkets publication

The state resources provide retail-relevant state regulatory information and resources. The State Matrices page has more detailed information on variations in key state regulations such as hazardous waste, consumer bag legislation, e-waste and more.