A Wasted Opportunity

The commercial sanitation industry’s recycling rate fell to 21% over the last year, a new report finds, undermining New York City’s efforts to achieve zero waste by 2030. Leading cities, such as Seattle and San Francisco, recycle at rates three

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More Dangerous Than Ever

More Dangerous Than Ever, a new report from Transform Don't Trash NYC, finds that crashes in the commercial sanitation industry have doubled over the last two years. The report reveals that the top 20 carters had 67 crashes in the last two years, up from 35 crashes during the previous two-year period. The new findings show that the industry is getting significantly more dangerous and undermining the progress that the City’s Vision Zero program is making to reduce traffic deaths.

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Worker stories: Orrett Ewen

For nine years Orrett Ewen worked as a helper for Sanitation Salvage, a carter that primarily serves customers in the Bronx and is one of the largest in the city. He was required to work for 16 to 17 hours

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Worker stories: Wilson Perez

Wilson Perez, a former Queens County Carting worker, has direct experience of many of the problems with the private sanitation industry. Whenever he complained to the company owner about his long shifts, he was given two choices: “work or go

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