Labor, Community, and Environmental Justice Groups Praise Governor’s Focus on Private Sanitation Workers

July 17, 2015

The Transform Don't Trash NYC coalition released the following statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo's exploited worker task force, which will combat labor abuses in private sanitation and other industries with a history of worker exploitation. Transform Don't Trash NYC includes the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, Teamsters Joint Council 16, Alliance for a Greater New York (ALIGN), and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

Community, Labor, and Environmental Justice Groups Praise “Zero Waste” in De Blasio’s OneNYC

April 22, 2015

The Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition had the following statement on the release of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s OneNYC, which includes a commitment to achieve zero waste and explore commercial waste collection zones. Transform Don’t Trash NYC is a coalition of groups, including the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, Teamsters Joint Council 16, the Alliance for a Greater New York, and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.


April 1, 2015

New Campaign Exposes Dirty and Dangerous Commercial Waste System New York, NY— With the renewal of the City’s sustainability plan, PlaNYC, expected later this month, advocates are urging the administration to include a waste reduction goal in PlaNYC. To mark

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.

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