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.