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Nicolina Cabezal

Marketing Strategist for Action Environmental Group.
Marketing Strategist for Action Environmental Group.

The Industry Comes Together for the 4th Safety Symposium

The Industry Comes Together for the 4th Safety Symposium

Last week industry leaders, government officials, and the public gathered together for the 4th NYC Waste & Recycling Safety Symposium. The event was hosted by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), the City of New York Business Integrity Commission (BIC), the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the New Yorkers for Responsible Waste Management Inc.

Sadly waste & recycling collector is the 5th deadliest job in America. The purpose of such an event is to bring folks together in the interest of bettering safety practices industry-wide in hopes of improving this statistic. Commissioner and chair of the BIC, Daniel Brownell, kicked off the symposium by stating that “the government needs to work with the waste and recycling industry to mandate certain safety protocols and equipment that every truck should have, such as GPS.”

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Ron Bergamini CEO April Testimony to BIC on Trade Waste Cap Rates

Ron Bergamini CEO April Testimony to BIC on Trade Waste Cap Rates

TESTIMONY OF

ACTION ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

RONALD S. BERGAMINI, CEO

BUSINESS INTEGRITY COMMISSION

PUBLIC HEARING ON TRADE WASTE CAP RATES

DANIEL D. BROWNELL, CHAIRMAN

APRIL 9, 2018

 

Good afternoon Commissioners, my name is Ron Bergamini, CEO of the Action Environmental Group, the parent company to Action Carting, the largest private hauler of solid waste in New York City.

At the hearing on October 18, 2017, I testified on the merits of the rate cap and additional costs facing all responsible solid waste companies. Please refer to that testimony for your review as it frames the discussion in terms of business fundamentals affecting all industry participants.

We feel the need for a rate cap has passed. The basic economic problem with any artificial price restraint is that it distorts markets. One consequence is less investment and less customer choice. These are hardly the goals of an enlightened industry. I would also like to echo and support the written testimony of Mr. Steve Changaris, the New York City Chapter Director of the National Waste & Recycling Association (“NWRA”).

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BIC Trade Waste Safety Manual

BIC Trade Waste Safety Manual

New York City's Business Integrity Commission (BIC) recently released their Trade Waste Safety Manual. The guide will act as a manual for carting companies big and small to develop a safety program at their company. It covers important laws and rules, as well as industry best practices. We were honored to be a contributing member of the Commercial Waste Zone Collection Safety Working Group (Working Group).

BIC Commissioner and Chair, Daniel D. Brownell, had this to say about the manual:

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Victory in Action: The 2018 CEO Report Tri-State Corporate Culture Award

Victory in Action: The 2018 CEO Report Tri-State Corporate Culture Award

On January 24th, we were proud to take home the 2018 CEO Report Tristate Corporate Culture Award! This now makes it the second year in a row that we have won, this notable award. To qualify for this, we answered some essay questions that allowed us to tell our story as an industry as well as what makes our culture unique.

Corporate Culture Award

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The Action Environmental Group - 2017 Safest Driver of the Year

The Action Environmental Group - 2017 Safest Driver of the Year

This past weekend, our Risk Management Team had the honor of presenting our first ever Safest Driver of the Year Award. The winner of this award received an all-expense paid trip to Disney World for themselves and their family. To win, drivers/helpers had to have no preventable incidents and no call outs, for all of 2017. All drivers and helpers were qualified for this award program.

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Proud To Be Named A Top Workplace In North Jersey

Proud To Be Named A Top Workplace In North Jersey

Last night we were honored to be named one of the Top Workplaces in North Jersey by North Jersey Media Group.

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Ron Bergamini CEO Testimony to BIC on Trade Waste Cap Rates

Ron Bergamini CEO Testimony to BIC on Trade Waste Cap Rates

Testimony of

Action Environmental Group

Ronald S. Bergamini, CEO

Business Integrity Commission

Public Hearing on Trade Waste Cap Rates

Daniel D. Brownell, Chairman

October 18, 2017

Commissioners, my name is Ron Bergamini, CEO of the Action Environmental Group, the parent company to Action Carting, the largest private hauler of trade waste in New York City. I am proud to be part of this vital industry that serves the largest and best city in the United States. There are many professionals in the industry who care deeply about the service they provide – from the driver to the board member, this commitment and dedication is critical to meet the growing complexity of the industry.

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Hope & Heroes Patient Story: Jayden Salomon

Hope & Heroes Patient Story: Jayden Salomon

Patient Stories

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jayden Salomon

Giving you an up-close look at the impact that the Hope and Heroes organization and Columbia University Medical Center has on the children it treats in the tri-state.

This is Jayden's story...

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Tania From AR Speaks Up For Those in Puerto Rico

Tania From AR Speaks Up For Those in Puerto Rico

It saddens us to think of all of those effected by the various natural disasters over the past few weeks. Heartbroken for those who were effected by the hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and Caribbean and the earthquake that left Mexico City in ruins.

While we all watch the coverage of these events in disbelief, sadly it hits home with many of our employees. Many of whom have family or friends who were effect by these disasters one way or another. Most times we feel helpless and do not know where to start in order to help the victims rebuild their lives.

Members of our team have jumped into action. Our own Gina Wintermute from finance stepped up with her animal rescue organization Big Dog Rescue Project to help the animal shelters effected by Hurricane Harvey.

Tania Colon from our accounts receivable department, wrote an open letter to the company asking for help and donations for those effect by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Tania writes...

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See How Hope & Heroes Helps Local Children In Their Fight

See How Hope & Heroes Helps Local Children In Their Fight

We are more than proud to continue to spread the message for our friends at Hope & Heroes whose mission is to fund the life-saving work on childhood cancer and blood disorders at Columbia University Medical Center. The awareness and donations they raise, goes to treatment and care for local children which gives them their best chance to overcome their disease but also allows them to experience as much of their childhoods as possible.

Don't just take our word for it...see what an amazing impact this organization and Columbia University Medical Center has had on local children and their families on their fight against cancer.

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Action In Action: Patty From Risk Donates Her Time In Memory Of A Dear Friend

Action In Action: Patty From Risk Donates Her Time In Memory Of A Dear Friend

We love to highlight when members of our team donate their time outside of work for causes they feel passionate about. Today Patty Granados from Risk is donating her time to honor a dear friend. Here is her story...

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Hope & Heroes Patient Story: Jack Cloonan

Hope & Heroes Patient Story: Jack Cloonan

Patient Stories

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jack Cloonan

Giving you an up-close look at the impact that the Hope and Heroes organization and Columbia University Medical Center has on the children it treats in the tri-state.

This is Jack's story...

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Action Teams Up Again with Hope & Heroes!

Action Teams Up Again with Hope & Heroes!

This September Action is back to show our support for Hope and Heroes! Last year our goal was to raise $20,000 for the charity and this year we are determined to meet our goal! Just like last year, Action will match every dollar raised via our Action donation page www.hopeandheroes.org/action

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Gina Wintermute Asks For Supplies For Dog Shelter After Texas Hurricane

Gina Wintermute Asks For Supplies For Dog Shelter After Texas Hurricane

Our very own Gina Wintermute from finance is acting fast after this past weeks hurricane in Texas. After this devastating storm, the animal shelter in Port Lavaca was wiped out so they are in need of supplies. The local rescue organization, Big Dog Rescue Project is stepping in.

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Come Support Yamayra Alvarez's Nephew Myan At The Congenital Heart Walk!

Come Support Yamayra Alvarez's Nephew Myan At The Congenital Heart Walk!

My name is Yamayra Alvarez from Brooklyn Dispatch at Action. My nephew Myan has 3 heart diseases. Myan had open heart surgery when he was 2 months old and another two surgeries in 2015 and early 2016. Myan’s mother Michelle Velez is an open book when it comes to raising a child with a Congenital Heart Defect. This year on October 15th we are hoping to get a team of people to help support Myan and all those effected by congenital heart disease by participating in a walk. Read more here about Michelle’s story and the details of the fundraiser!

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Come See Us At WFAN’s Yankees Radio Fan Fest

Come See Us At WFAN’s Yankees Radio Fan Fest

Come by and see us at this Saturday's WFAN’s Yankees Radio Fan Fest.

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Understanding The Importance Of Second Chances With NYS Work for Success Pledge

Understanding The Importance Of Second Chances With NYS Work for Success Pledge

Yesterday our CEO Ron Bergamini had the pleasure of participating in the panel discussion on The Work for Success Pledge. This pledge is the initiative presented by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and his team. As a proud supporter of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), this initiative is one we strongly believe in.

Read more about the event below.

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Action To Participate In Panel Discussion on The Work for Success Pledge

Action To Participate In Panel Discussion on The Work for Success Pledge

Here at Action we believe that everyone is entitled to a second chance and that one person’s past shouldn’t define their future. Nothing echoes this belief more than the work we have done over the years the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO).

The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is dedicated to providing immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions. Our highly structured and tightly supervised programs help participants regain the skills and confidence needed for successful transitions to stable, productive lives.

We are honored to take part in the upcoming panel discussion on The Work for Success Pledge: Utilizing the Skills and Talents of More New Yorkers.

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Action And The New York League of Conservation Voters

Action And The New York League of Conservation Voters

Our CEO, Ron Bergamini will be participating with the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund event on a panel discussing the city’s zero waste goals.

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NWRA Driver of the Year Award

NWRA Driver of the Year Award

Every year the NWRA honors drivers who operate their trucks in a safe and responsible manner by holding the Driver of the Year awards. The drivers who are nominated have outstanding performance records, and whose contributions have enhanced the overall safety and image of the solid waste industry. This competition is a great way to recognize your best and safest drivers.

This year we are proud that two of our own were nominated for this award.

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