ProPublica Quotes NYLPI On Industry Reform After Waste Truck Hits Man Outside de Blasio Event

December 19, 2018

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

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

ProPublica journalist Kiera Feldman quoted NYLPI’s Director of Organizing and Strategic Research, Justin Wood, in a story about a private construction-waste truck injuring a pedestrian outside an event attended by Mayor Bill de Blasio. You can read the full article here:

De Blasio has touted pedestrian safety as a core aim of his mayoralty, and the crash comes as his administration is pushing a major reform that it says will improve the safety records of the army of private commercial garbage trucks that crisscross the city’s streets. The proposed plan from the Department of Sanitation calls for dividing the city into zones, with only three to five trash companies in each, and legislation could be introduced in the City Council as early as spring 2019.

The article goes on to quote Justin:

Justin Wood, director of organizing and strategic research for the advocacy group New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, said the accident was more evidence of the need to enact the city’s proposed zoning plan.

“Thousands of private waste trucks operate on local streets every night and day, many operated by companies that perform both trade waste and construction and demolition services,” Wood said. “The transition to a commercial waste zone system will enable the city to hold many of these operators to higher standards by awarding waste zone contracts only to haulers that maintain a good safety track record and submit a credible plan to adopt the newest safety technology on their trucks and rigorous worker training programs.”

NYLPI has been part of the Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition for some time now.

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