Mayor Signs Law To Overhaul Private Waste Carting Industry

Rich Lamb
November 20, 2019 - 6:42 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday signed legislation to overhaul commercial waste collection in New York City.

Speaking at a news conference, the mayor said that for many years the city put up with “what was the status quo.”

De Blasio said that included putting up with “a private carding industry that was legendarily dangerous, that was out of control.”

The new law will designate commercial waste zones and Sanitation Commissioner Katherine Garcia calls it unbelievably historic.

“The new zones are going to create a safe and efficient collection system that will provide high quality, low cost service to New York City businesses and advance our zero waste goals,” she said. “We're talking about a 50 percent reduction in truck traffic and heavy duty diesel traffic.”

Garcia predicts the zones will dramatically reduce the number of truck miles traveled, meaning cleaner air and safer streets. The transition to the new system begins in 2021.

The changes come in response to the recent spike in deaths caused by privately owned waste disposal companies.