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Media Advisory for: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Contact: Kristi Barnes 212.701.9469 office 718.755.5136 cell


Unprecedented Coalition to Highlight Need to Increase Good Jobs, Recycling, and Justice

New York, NY— ALIGN and the Transform Don’t Trash coalition will launch a new campaign and release a new report that outlines how the commercial waste industry is highly polluting, inefficient, costly to the City, disproportionately burdensome on low-income communities of color, and dangerous and exploitative for workers.

This is the first time that a broad-based labor, environmental and community coalition has united around recommendations to improve solid waste management in New York City. The new coalition will present the report as a roadmap to creating a more sustainable city to mayoral candidates.

WHO: ALIGN, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 16 & Local 813, New York City Central Labor Council, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (and its member organizations El Puente, Morningside Heights/West Harlem Sanitation Coalition, Nos Quedamos, The Point, Sustainable South Bronx, UPROSE and Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice), New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, SEIU 32BJ, City Councilmembers Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Leroy Comrie, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Annabel Palma, and Diana Reyna, and City Council Members-Elect Mark Levine, Carlos Menchaca, and Antonio Reynoso.

WHAT: Transform Don’t Trash NYC rally and report release

WHERE: City Hall Steps

WHEN: October 2 at 12:00 PM

**For an embargoed copy of the report, please contact Kristi Barnes at**


ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York’s mission is to create good jobs, vibrant communities, and an accountable democracy for all New Yorkers. Our work unites worker, community, and other allies to build a more just and sustainable New York.

The Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition is a growing coalition dedicated to transforming New York City’s commercial trash industry to reduce waste and pollution, foster clean and healthy communities for all New Yorkers, and create good jobs.