“Solid Waste Rules Updates: What NY Farmers Need to Know”
Cornell CALS, PRO-DAIRY
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) recently updated their Solid Waste Management Rules (also called Part 360). Three of those updates that impact farms directly are described below.
Manure Applicator Registration
NYSDEC now requires commercial manure applicators who apply manure on CAFO farms to register with the department and complete annual reporting. PRO-DAIRY released a fact sheet in summer 2023 that outlined the new requirements.
While applicators need to register by January 18, 2024 to be in compliance with the new rule, Kirsten Workman of PRO-DAIRY recommends waiting until after January 1, 2024 to do so. This will delay the need for annual reporting until the conclusion of 2024, when NYSDEC will have annual reporting forms ready, and will allow more time to put the protocols and record-keeping systems in place to ensure compliance.
Things applicators can do to be ready in the meantime include:
Learn more about this registration requirement, what it entails, and the type of record-keeping that will be required by referring to the following fact sheets:
* Both of these forms must be completed and submitted to your regional DEC office, listed on page 4 of the registration form, to be considered complete.
View examples of completed registration forms by visiting the following links:
Manure applicators requiring technical assistance related to completing registration forms, equipment calibration, interpreting the requirements of registration, record-keeping tools, and other related matters may contact Kirsten Workman at email@example.com or 607-255-4890.
Tires on Bunker Silos
The previous enforcement discretion allowing farms to use tires to secure bunker silo tarps and store them onsite when not in use is now written directly into the Part 360 language. Tires are no longer considered ‘waste’ and therefore exempt from solid waste rules and enforcement if they meet the following requirements:
Livestock Mortality Management
The Part 360 updates include new guidelines for the burial of livestock carcasses due to routine mortality (not from catastrophic emergencies). CAFO farms should follow the requirements laid out in the CAFO permit that require farms follow the NRCS 316 standard and/or the Cornell Waste Management Institute’s guidance for compositing.
For all farms, the preferred method is composting, per the Cornell Guidelines, but if farms choose to bury animals they must adhere to the new rules. Learn more about the livestock mortality rules and composting guidance in a PRO-DAIRY fact sheet.
Nutrient Management & Environmental Sustainability Specialist, PRO-DAIRY
Last updated December 1, 2023