Make my trash service transparent

Steve Changaris — a lobbyist for private waste haulers — claims that New York City’s small-business owners are happy with the many private garbage-hauling companies that offer a "choice" of whom we hire to truck our waste away.

City to benefit from waste industry reforms

As the thermometer climbs this month, New Yorkers can expect a familiar and unwelcome odor: garbage. It should be a reminder of how much we throw away and our collective responsibility to the workers who pick up the trash. As president and recording secretary of Teamsters Joint Council 16, we count New York’s sanitation workers among our brothers and sisters. The Department of Sanitation employees who collect trash and recycling from our homes do so with dignity. They get the fair pay, protections and respect befitting this important job.

NYC Must Act to Meet its Trash Challenge

Many New Yorkers don't know what happens to that coffee cup after they throw it away, but the ugly truth is slowly being revealed. Between recent hearings at City Hall, and a City Limits’ series on waste ("New York’s Trash Challenge"), our city is finally coming to grips with the staggering amount of waste we generate and how we choose to deal with it. Between our homes and businesses, we generate anywhere from 6 to 8 million tons of waste every year and because our recycling rates are woefully low, the great majority of that waste is needlessly buried in landfills or burned in incinerators outside of the city.

City Weighs Reining in Private Garbage Collectors

As midnight approaches, commercial garbage trucks rule the streets of New York. On a Thursday night in Lower Manhattan, trucks from five different companies can be spotted within as many blocks. Workers hang off the back on a marathon ride to pick up New York's unwanted debris. The sun will be up all too soon and they have hundreds of stops to go.

Council hearing to kick off citywide trash debate

When city leaders and policy advocates take up the issue of sustainability in New York's commercial trash industry today, they will not be debating a bill or a resolution, but looking for a way to fundamentally change the city's private carting industry.

New Report: NYC Trash is Worse Than Public has Been Told

The Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition released a report detailing how New York City produces more commercial waste, recycles less, and is more inefficient than previously believed. The report, Dirty, Wasteful and Unsustainable: The Case for Reforming New York City’s Commercial Waste System reveals hidden Bloomberg-era reports and new data from a community survey to uncover how NYC’s commercial waste system harms communities and the environment.

NYC Businesses Only Recycle a Fourth of Their Waste: Report

The city’s restaurants, stores and other businesses recycle far less than previously thought, according to a coalition of environmental groups and unions. According to a 2011 update to the environmental initiative PlaNYC, the city said that 40 percent of waste from commercial establishments is recycled.

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