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REFORMING FOR A BETTER DEAL: How To Align Cost Savings, Sustainability and Stability in NYC’S Commercial Waste System

This report details six evidence-based recommendations for how we can ensure that pro- recycling policies are also pro-business. The Transform Don’t Trash NYC Coalition believes that as the city expands and enforces its recycling regime, it must also create efficiency, price transparency, and substantial cost savings for high-diversion businesses – none of which can be achieved by the current, disorganized commercial waste system.…


An animated still of a sad-looking milk carton in a pile of trash.

Where does NYC’s commercial trash go?

The Center for Urban Pedagogy collaborated with ALIGN, Transform Don’t Trash NYC, and animator Cole Hannan to shed light on the dirty secrets behind NYC’s commercial waste. This short animation follows a discarded milk jug on its journey from trashcan to landfill, exposing the impacts the current commercial waste system has on workers, community members, and the environment.


A Tale of One Housing Plan

An estimated 60,000 New Yorkers were living in homeless shelters as of late 2015, with many members of the working poor unable to access any affordable housing. For the most vulnerable in our city, the affordability crisis has become a full-blown state of emergency.

If de Blasio fails to create truly affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers, he will repeat Bloomberg’s worst mistakes. As of right now, the similarities are painfully stark.

Instead, as this report shows, the city is currently stuck in aTale of One Housing Plan, and it won’t end well for the vast majority of New Yorkers.