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:
“It is my pleasure to release the “Trade Waste Safety Manual,” a guide that every private carting company in the city, both large and small, can use as a starting point to develop its own robust safety program. To provide you with some context for the creation of the manual, BIC is an integral member of the City’s Commercial Waste Zone Advisory Board and the Mayor’s Vision Zero Task Force. In September 2016, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and BIC brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to begin the conversation about developing a commercial waste zone collection plan. During that meeting, one thing everyone agreed on was that making the trade waste industry safer for all New Yorkers was an effort that could and should begin immediately. To that end, BIC and DSNY formed the Commercial Waste Zone Collection Safety Working Group (Working Group), and invited everyone from that initial stakeholder meeting to participate. In addition to members of City government, the group includes members of the trade waste industry, union leaders, and environmental and traffic safety advocates. I would like to thank all the members of the Working Group for their assistance and expertise during the development of the manual.
Safety is everyone’s issue. We appreciate all of your efforts to make the trade waste industry safer. This manual is only the first step. With your help, BIC will continue to develop training materials and increase oversight. Together, we can help the City achieve its Vision Zero goal of ending traffic-related deaths and injuries in New York City.”