Transforming the way local governments manage trash promises to improve conditions in many cities by turning bad jobs into good jobs, creating new employment, decreasing pollution, and lowering costs. Cities can move toward zero waste and capture a range of worker, community, and environmental benefits by introducing new systems for managing trash. Some cities are adopting a new approach toward recycling that delivers a range of public benefits. Sustainable recycling combines robust recycling programs with high road job quality and economic development policies. This approach contrasts with what exists in many cities, where there are low recycling rates and little attention is paid to the environment, workers, or communities. Together the elements of sustainable recycling create trash management systems that fight climate change, create family-sustaining jobs, and support strong local economies and healthy communities. This vision of clean, thriving cities requires policymakers and leaders to take an aggressive and proactive stance toward tackling trash problems. Report provided by Partnership for Working Families.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
On February 28, Maya Pinto, Senior Policy and Research Analyst at ALIGN, presented testimony to the New York City Council Environmental Protection Committee.Read More
On February 24, 2014, Maya Pinto, Senior Policy and Research Analyst, presented testimony to the New York City Council Sanitation Committee.
Thank you to Chairperson Reynoso and the members of the Sanitation Committee for the opportunity to provide testimony today.