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Slow Down to Get Around

This past September New York Governor Andrew Cuomo passed into law Senate Bill 4268, also known as Slow Down to Get Around. The new law requires motorist to slow down and proceed with caution when passing waste and/or recycling vehicles making collections. Drivers who fail to do so could face penalties.

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14 Takeaways from Day One at WasteExpo 2015.. Check out #7!

WasteExpo 2015 got underway with a busy conference program on Monday. The third annual Investor Summit featured 16 sessions including company presentations and panel discussions. Education tracks on fleet & equipment technology, recycling/resource recovery, hauling, business development and concurrent tracks on composting and organics all filled the day.

Here are some key takeaways from the first day of WasteExpo.

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Crains- Trash bill sends chilling message to biz

In a section of the job-hungry South Bronx zoned for heavy manufacturing—a mere minute or two from the Major Deegan Expressway and the RFK (Triborough) Bridge—sits a trash-transfer station. At the state-of-the-art facility, which like all such stations is enclosed to minimize odors, optical-sorting equipment and workers pull recyclable material from regular garbage so as little waste as possible ends up in landfills. Its 120 employees are paid well above minimum wage and earn promotions if they perform well. Some hail from a program that steers defendants from the criminal-justice system into productive employment.

In short, the transfer station is located exactly where it’s supposed to be, hires the people who need jobs the most, pays well and helps the environment.

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‘Waste equity’ bill gets first, fraught hearing

Laborers, legislators, industry officials and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration came out in opposing camps Friday during a marathon hearing on a “waste equity” that’s making its second go-round in the City Council.

The bill, Intro. 495, seeks to reduce the amount of waste shipped to overburdened areas of the city by 18 percent and cap the waste in other areas at 5 percent. The bill is something of a retread of legislation that originally was proposed under the Bloomberg administration but met a quiet death.

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The City Council’s trash plan is garbage

While the solid-waste industry and its labor unions are often at odds about work rules and wages, both agree a City Council bill designed to reduce how much material a transfer station can receive is a really bad idea.

This bill, Intro 495, seeks to cap the percentage of the city’s waste that can be handled in any one community district. That may sound appealing, but it will have many adverse impacts.

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