In a major victory for labor groups and environmental advocates, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration will begin implementing a "zoned-collection" system for the city's private carting industry, undertaking an historic change in how commercial waste is collected and managed in New York City.
For more than a year, consultants and city officials have been studying the industry here and throughout the country to assess the conditions and impacts of private waste collection. In New York City, the Department of Sanitation is responsible for all residential waste collection, but private contractors are responsible for virtually all of the waste collected from businesses, both large and small — about 10,000 tons a night.
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