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Earlier this month, the New York City Department of Sanitation and Business Integrity Commission released a detailed study of the city’s private carting industry, showing that commercial waste zones can reduce truck traffic associated with commercial waste collection by as much as 68%.

These results clearly show the benefits of transforming the inefficient, open-market system into an efficient, zoned system for commercial waste collection.

The study demonstrates the substantial environmental and quality-of-life benefits that this change would provide. New Yorkers in every neighborhood in the city would enjoy cleaner air, safer streets and quieter nights. And we can achieve these improvements with a system that also improves conditions for customers and service providers. Through collection zones, residents, businesses and the industry would get a healthier, safer and cleaner city.

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