Transform Don’t Trash NYC

All New Yorkers want to live and work in safe, healthy communities. New York City has taken some steps in recent years to build the cleaner, more sustainable city we all want, increasing green space and the energy-efficiency of its building stock. The City has also begun to build a more equitable and sustainable solid waste management system, expanding residential recycling programs, and developing a plan to more fairly distribute waste facilities throughout the five boroughs. Unfortunately, the City has largely overlooked the commercial waste sector, to the detriment of local communities and workers, and to the detriment of the local environment, economy, and the City’s long-term sustainability. This report outlines the current detriments of New York City's waste system and policy recommendations for transforming it.

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Climate Works for All

This report details a bold platform called Climate Works for All, which aims to make New York City more resilient, create nearly 40,000 good jobs each year, and cut our annual greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 12 million metric tons. The report highlights recommendations from the Transform Don't Trash NYC campaign such as: Creating a commercial waste hauling system through a more efficient system of waste collection zones would increase City revenue by almost $10 million; increasing waste diversion rates through recycling by up to 200 percent; creating more than 15,000 jobs over the next 10 years; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly one million metric tons per year. A modified system would also improve the quality of life for low-income communities and communities of color in New York City who are disproportionately impacted by truck and waste facility pollution under the current waste hauling system.

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