New York City’s Commercial Recycling Rate Far Below Leading US Cities

June 29, 2017

Despite new commercial recycling rules intended to make recycling easier and more transparent for New York City businesses, the commercial sanitation industry failed to meaningfully increase recycling in 2016. New York’s commercial recycling rate remains a disappointingly low 22%. The low rate along with photographic evidence suggests that some private waste haulers and processors are illegally landfilling materials intended for recycling.


Comptroller and Public Advocate Back Commercial Waste Reform Policy

May 24, 2017

Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James announced their support today for the Department of Sanitation’s commercial waste zone policy, which will transform the way commercial waste is collected in New York City. Under the new policy, announced by







New Video Highlights Challenges and Dangers of NYC Commercial Waste Industry

March 4, 2016

Transform Don’t Trash NYC, a coalition of labor, community, and environmental groups pushing to transform how New York City disposes of its commercial trash, released a new animated video to raise awareness about the challenges and dangers of New York City’s commercial waste industry.


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