Sanitation Department Must Commit to Sustainable and Local Recycling Systems

March 10, 2021

Environmental Justice, News, Save Our Compost, Transform Don't Trash NYC

A photo shows a Sanitation Salvage truck driving through New York in the middle of the night

After almost a year of severe budget cuts and suspension of major recycling programs by the NYC Department of Sanitation, NYLPI joined with Climate Works For AllSave Our Compost, and Transform Don’t Trash NYC in calling for $14 million in innovative organic waste recycling programs, and $4 million to fully implement the City’s landmark Commercial Waste Zones Law. 

Reducing the major gas emissions and local air pollution caused by landfilling and incinerating millions of tons of recyclable waste requires morebut these steps would set the stage for transformative reforms and local job creation in the near future and make interim progress toward the City’s emissions reductions and environmental justice goals. 

Read the full testimony from NYLPI’s Director of PolicyJustin Woodhere. 

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