Report Shows New York City’s Commercial Waste Transfer Stations Have Upped Their Garbage Output By More Than 500,000 Tons Per Year
New York City is undermining its major investments in solid waste and recycling infrastructure by allowing the private commercial waste industry to massively increase its reliance on trucking of commercial waste, according to a new report by the Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition, titled “Trashing New York’s Neighborhoods.”
As the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has phased out the use of private truck-based transfer stations for residential waste, private haulers have trucked increasing amounts of commercial waste to these facilities, which are disproportionately located in low-income communities and communities of color.
Commercial Waste Zones Are NYC’s Next Big Green Initiative
Transitioning New York City to an efficient, exclusive high-diversion commercial waste zone (CWZ) system will avoid up to 2 million tons of climate altering emissions per year, equivalent to removing one in five cars from New York City streets.
Late last year, New Yorkers reacted with outrage to the announcement that Amazon was going to force its empire building on the communities of Queens.