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A long-awaited city study sent a shockwave through New York's commercial waste world this week and took the ongoing reform debate into uncharted territory.

New York's Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and Business Integrity Commission (BIC) have called for establishing waste collection zones as opposed to the current open market system in their 2016 Private Carting Study. The city says this will reduce emissions, increase diversion rates and improve labor standards. Implementation is expected to take at least five years, require some form of legislation and draw on feedback from a range of sources.

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