NYLPI Rallies for Commercial Waste Zone Implementation at City Council Hearing

May 2, 2022

Environmental Justice, News, Transform Don't Trash NYC, Waste Equity

Justin Wood speaks at a commercial waste zones rally.

Sanitation workers, environmental justice and climate leaders, safe streets advocates, and elected officials rallied on the steps of City Hall to demand the immediate implementation of Local Law 199 of 2019, which has been delayed for more than two years.  

The landmark Commercial Waste Zones Law will make private sanitation safer and far more efficient by eliminating up to 18 million unnecessary truck miles per year from our streets. The law also enables the City to negotiate higher standards for recycling and composting, cleaner and more equitably sited transfer stations, worker safety, and job creation in the local waste industry by negotiating comprehensive ten-year contracts with the waste companies selected to serve each zone. This law is supported by the Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition, of which NYLPI is a member. 

NYLPI Policy Director Justin Wood spoke at the rally in addition to testifying at the City Council Committee Hearing on Sanitation.

“Our city needs to deploy every available tool as we continue to lose ground on climate emissions, zero waste, and safe streets goals. Local Law 199 is a common-sense, triple win for workers, for climate, and for environmental justice communities.”

Read Transform Don’t Trash’s Press Release for the rally and Justin Wood’s testimony on Commercial Waste Zone implementation on our website.

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