Since Sanitation took the street vending enforcement reins, the department has confiscated abandoned or non-compliant material from street vendors in 228 cases, and has donated 32,220 pounds of food and composted another 3,880 pounds.
What could a city like New York achieve if it repurposed some of its 3 million curbside parking spots? It could help drivers kick their addictions to cars and avert climate catastrophe, writes Henry Grabar, author of the new book “Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World.”
‘Mayor Adams can make New York City a global leader in the fight against climate change and transition to a green economy. His administration must advance environmental priorities that will make our city more sustainable, resilient, and equitable for future generations.’
‘Those who have put their support behind an exclusive zone system for commercial waste are turning a blind eye to the recommendations of rigorous research, industry experts, engineers and city officials who know the system best.’
A study commissioned by the Sanitation Department and released this week found that a zoned system, in which companies would bid for all the commercial pick-ups in a particular area, would significantly reduce traffic and pollution.
A former city sanitation commissioner and deputy mayor applauds the city’s ambitious goal to remove compostable waste from the garbage stream—but wants to know more about where that refuse is going to go.
A highly anticipated city study of commercial waste collection has been delayed, putting off any decision about a new franchise zoning system and ensuring that the fight over the industry’s future is far from over.
Many New Yorkers don’t know what happens to that coffee cup after they throw it away, but the ugly truth is slowly being revealed.
From upstate Seneca County to the banks of the Delaware River, people who live near landfills and trash-burning energy plants are parsing Mayor de Blasio’s “zero waste” pledge—and taking action to reduce the impact of our trash on their lives.
Mayor de Blasio wants to spare residents the hassle of separating paper from glass, metal and plastic. The move will likely boost recycling but its impact on city finances, commercial carters and total waste levels is hard to predict.