Teaneck, NJ October 28, 2019 – Interstate Waste Services
(IWS), a Teaneck, NJ based waste management company, announced today its
partnership with the long-awaited American Dream complex in East Rutherford,
Waste Services will be the exclusive waste and recycling hauler for the
mega-mall complex expected to draw 40 million visitors annually. IWS, who began
working on the American Dream site since the construction project began in
2016, will provide service to the three million square foot property. Service
will include waste and recycling removal for the 350 shops, attractions, dining
destinations, and other facilities.
My name is Ron Bergamini. I am the CEO of Action Environmental Group, the parent company of Action Carting, NYC’s largest hauler of solid waste & recycling materials. We will be submitting further substantive written comments on the draft environmental impact statement.
Today I would like to comment on a single topic – the choice between single hauler (“single”) and multiple hauler zones (“multiple”).
Editor’s Note: This is an op-ed from Mike Hellstom, secretary treasurer, Laborers Local 108 and Ron Bergamini, CEO, Action Carting Environmental Services.
Unions have been in the news lately. The US Supreme Court’s recent decision in Janus v. AFSCME holding that public sector employees can benefit from union representation without paying dues has garnered much commentary. That, as well as growing concerns about income inequality, has thrust the social and political role of unions into the forefront of public debate in a way we have not seen in years.
Also in the news—and rightly so—is the issue of civility (or lack thereof) in public discourse. Some folks in high places are acting without much civility; leading to debates about what civility entails or whether it still matters. There seems to even be a movement to fight incivility with more of it, an irony too rich to start exploring here.
…Some activists, another union, and too many elected officials prefer to play on stereotypes and some particularly bad actors to portray the whole waste industry as out control and impervious to the needs of workers, the community, and the environment…
We had the pleasure of presenting our 2nd annual Safest Driver of the Year award to Alfred “Mike” Sandoval. Mike’s family was on hand to present him with this honor. Mike and his family won an all-expense paid trip to Disney World for being our safest driver in 2018. NJ.com was also there to capture the whole thing.
Side guards can be retrofitted onto existing trucks or designed for new trucks as well. In 2016, Action Carting, one of the New York City’s largest haulers, took advantage of the incentive program offered by the city and applied side guards on 23 trucks, explains Sal Mastriani, director of risk management at Action Carting. In 2017, the company fitted about 125 trucks with side guards.
“We decided, why wait for the deadline, which is 2024,” says Mastriani. “We felt it was necessary to implement the side guards onto all of our packers immediately. As of March 2018, 100 percent of our packer trucks were fitted with side guards.”
“We are actually hoping they move the date  up a little bit,” adds Mastriani. “We are ready, and we feel that it’s very important to the industry for everyone to comply with this.”
Across the industry, the use of side guards has not become a universally accepted benefit. For some companies working in less densely populated areas, the need may not feel as urgent. For companies considering the use of side guards, some of the pushback is that the specifications are not clear or standardized. Using the wrong materials can impact the weight of a collection truck, and making the modifications to an entire fleet can prove costly.
Teaneck, NJ June 12, 2018 – The Action Environmental Group, provider of non-hazardous waste management and recycling services for New York City, Northern New Jersey, Rockland and Orange County, New York; today announced the completion of its acquisition of Miele Sanitation, a Bergen County, New Jersey-based waste management company.
With this transaction, The Action Environmental Group, through its subsidiary Interstate Waste Services (IWS), has acquired operations and assets of the Closter, NJ based company. The acquired business assets include commercial waste and recycling collection, equipment, and vehicles.
“We look for companies with a strong work ethic and commitment to its employees and customers. Miele Sanitation has been an institution in Bergen County, we are proud to continue its legacy, said IWS Chairman, Mike DiBella.
Action is proud to host the 2018 NWRA Professional Development Series for New Jersey. Director of Risk Management, Sal Mastrian, will host the free half-day event. The goal of this event is to improve safety standards and compliance across the waste industry. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
Safety PDS are educational and capability building sessions, which were scheduled in regional locations to bring local industry companies together to build their capabilities in the areas of regulatory compliance, Safety Culture, use of technology, and Distracted Driving. The event topics and materials were developed in direct response to the Safety Committee, Small Hauler’s Roundtable discussions and reviews held throughout the year. These events, also, give our Supplier Members a chance to present in the area of their subject matter expertise.
In addition to our speakers, the event will also feature a roundtable identifying how NWRA can support your safety needs. NWRA will use this information to achieve its Strategic Safety Initiatives. These include removing the collection industry from the top 10 most dangerous occupations, reducing distracted driving incidents and finding collaboration opportunities to leverage safety efforts.
Tentative Educational Sessions include:
Round Table Discussion
ANSI Z245 and You
Safety and Compliance Topics Employers Need to Know
OSHA Compliance Topics
DOT Compliance Topics
The presentations provided safety personnel, operations managers, and front line supervisors with a basic understanding of their safety, compliance, and, most importantly, their individual responsibility to the employees’ personal health and wellbeing. The topics included: OSHA and DOT compliance, Eliminating Distractions, Fleet Management Technology, and Operational Excellence Process Improvement, with a connecting theme of Safety Culture and Employee Engagement. Scalable solutions were provided to the attendees that will empower them to improve their safety management systems and strongly engage employees for solution-based results.
For more information or to sign up for this event visit the NWRA website.
Action has worked closely with the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) for many years. CEO is dedicated to providing immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions. Their highly structured and tightly supervised programs help participants regain the skills and confidence needed for successful transitions into the working environment.
Through our partnership with CEO, we are happy to say that we have helped employees from CEO build a foundation for a stable and productive life for themselves and their families. I am pleased to announce that last Thursday two of our employees were honored at the annual Center for Employment Opportunities Award Gala, with their families and friends in attendance.
Luis Lopez, who is a Route Supervisor from our Bronx Casanova Depot, was awarded the “Outstanding Achievement Award.” Luis was recognized for his outstanding performance, superior dedication and positive attitude on the job throughout the past year. Luis who began working with Action through the CEO program grew from a Helper to a Route Supervisor in just two short years.
Also being honored at the gala was Marc Lopez, a Driver from our Jersey City Depot. Marc was recognized for his dedication and achievements with the “Leadership Achievement Award” in recognition of his ongoing dedication and growth. Marc has been a key member of the Action team starting out as a helper in 2011 and growing into a world-class Driver.
Thank you to both men for their dedication and for living our companies core values!
A carting company employee who received a second chance just was selected to take home a prestigious award.
Luis Lopez, who was recently promoted to route supervisor at Action Carting’s Hunts Point hub, will be awarded an outstanding achievement award at a Center for Employment Opportunities gala in Manhattan’s financial district on Tuesday, May 3.
Lopez, who served time in prison, got his break through a CEO program that matches prospective employees who were recently incarcerated with employers like Action Carting who are willing to provide ‘second chance’ opportunities.
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.