Following an amicus brief
submitted by NYLPI on behalf of impacted community members, Local Law 152, or the Waste Equity Law, was upheld in a decision
by the state Appellate Division, following a second round of solid waste industry pushback. The Waste Equity Law, requiring the Department of Sanitation to reduce the permitted capacity of putrescible and non-putrescible transfer stations in four designated community districts, was challenged by the National Waste & Recycling Association. The New York State Supreme Court dismissed the challenge
. The National Waste & Recycling Association then brought an appeal challenging the lower court’s decision to uphold the law, and the Appellate Division upheld it, finding that the city conducted a proper environmental review and that the capacity reduction did not violate constitutional rights.
In its first year, the Waste Equity Law achieved a reduction of over 10,000 tons of waste processing capacity in overburdened New York City districts.
The City covered the the Appellate Division’s decision.