NYC moves ahead with trash collection overhaul

New York City is finally pushing ahead with plans to overhaul the deadly commercial waste collection industry after months of delays due to COVID-19, officials said Friday.

The revision, approved by the city council in 2019, will move commercial garbage collection to a zone-based system and cut truck traffic in half, proponents say.

Karting companies will be able to submit applications for certain zones from Friday, the Department of Sanitation said in a statement. Answers are due in February.

“The city’s commercial waste zone program will fundamentally change the way the commercial waste transportation industry works here,” said Noah Genel of the Business Integrity Commission, which regulates the industry.

“It will result in far fewer truck miles traveled in New York City. That means safer roads for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, and cleaner air for everyone. “

In addition to 20 designated zones, each served by three companies, the city is accepting offers for five city-wide container pick-up contracts.

The city’s existing karting system is a free system that businesses can use to collect rubbish across the city. This forces drivers to long shifts, which in turn leads to dangerous driving.

According to the city, private garbage trucks were involved in 43 road deaths between 2010 and 2017. The reform moment rose after Sean Spence, a driver with Sanitation Salvage, ran over two pedestrians in six months in 2017 and 2018.

One of the victims was Mouctar Diallo, who Spence originally claimed was a con man who jumped in front of the trucks.

Sanitation Salvage closed the store in late 2018 after an investigation by the BIC.

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