Transform Don’t Trash NYC is a campaign to transform the commercial waste industry in NYC to create good jobs and clean and safe communities for all New Yorkers. Right now, NYC businesses rely on hundreds of private waste companies with thousands of trucks to pick up their waste and recycling. This industry is a “Wild West” with low recycling rates, poor conditions for workers, unfair siting of waste transfer stations, and lack of oversight. Mayor de Blasio and City Council need to act now to bring this industry into the 21st century. By increasing recycling, creating better jobs, and more fairly dealing with waste in the five boroughs, New York City can become more environmentally and economically sustainable—and a much better place to work and live.
The growing Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition is dedicated to transforming New York City’s commercial trash industry to reduce waste and pollution, foster clean and healthy communities for all New Yorkers, and create good jobs. Steering committee organizations include ALIGN, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 16, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.