Activists call for a new approach to recycling on America Recycles Day

November 14, 2014

November 15 is America Recycles Day, a day intended to raise awareness about the importance of recycling. Sponsored by major corporate brands, the day is promoted heavily on social media with the individualistic “I recycle” brand. Instead of simply joining the social media conversation, activists around the country who are involved with the national Transforming Trash campaign decided to disrupt the mainstream, corporate-dominated messaging that emphasizes personal responsibility for recycling. In many places throughout the country, recycling programs are very weak or simply not available.


Transform Don’t Trash NYC Coalition Launches to Clean Up Commercial Waste

October 13, 2013

New York City has taken steps toward building a more environmentally sustainable city in recent years, yet the commercial waste industry has been largely overlooked – much to the detriment of New York’s economy, environment, communities and workers. New York City’s restaurants, offices and businesses generate a staggering 3.2 million tons of solid waste each year, over half of which is buried in landfills or incinerated. Commercial waste is collected by a highly dysfunctional, outsized private system. The overabundance of garbage trucks on the road contributes to some of the worst smog in the country, as well as violations of clean air standards and extreme noise pollution. We are now calling for change.


New coalition challenges mayoral candidates on environmental & economic sustainabilty

October 2, 2013

A new coalition of labor, environmental justice, community and other advocates convened on the steps of City Hall to launch a new campaign to tackle the problems in the commercial solid waste industry. This is the first time that such a broad-based coalition has united around recommendations to improve commercial solid waste management in New York City.


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