Ex-Sanitation Salvage Workers Protest: “All We Want Is for Them to Pay Us What They Owe Us” The former workers at the private trash hauler, which surrendered its license in November, said they and others were owed money from both their last weeks on the job in 2018 and for working off the books for years at a rate of… Continue Reading Inside New York’s Deadly Private Garbage Industry
Safety is always a primary concern of solid waste management facilities and transporters alike, and the New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health share that concern. DOH’s Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (NY FACE) investigates work-related fatalities and proposes injury prevention measures. Below are some of NY FACE’s recent work to supplement your own safety procedures and plans.… Continue Reading Worker Safety at Landfills and other Solid Waste Facilities
Response/Recovery In the aftermath of a wildfire, workers may be involved in a variety of response and recovery operations. Some operations, such as utility restoration, cleaning up spills of hazardous materials, and search and rescue, should only be conducted by workers who have the proper training, equipment and experience. What to do during a Wildfire In the event that there… Continue Reading Wildfires
Reckless Endangerment, a report by Transform Don’t Trash NYC and Transportation Alternatives, details how New York City’s private sanitation companies operate garbage trucks with high rates of faulty brakes, bad tires, broken signals, and unsecured cargo, which endanger workers, pedestrians, and other street users. U.S. Department of Transportation violation records of the largest sanitation companies operating in New York City show that 48%… Continue Reading Reckless Endangerment: How New York City’s Unsafe Commercial Garbage Trucks Put Us All at Risk
Download: Safe Recycling Report Zero waste is the future. Growth in the recycling economy has the potential to not only conserve the environment, but also create 1.5 million new jobs. But research indicates that recycling work can be dangerous, with injury rates more than double the national average. By addressing this problem, local governments have an opportunity to secure the sustainability… Continue Reading Are you interested in occupational injuries in the solid waste industry?
(NIOSH Science Blog) Go Green! Recycle! We have all heard the call to be more environmentally conscious. However, not everyone is aware of the many health and safety hazards facing employees who handle the recycling of electronics. Many recycled electronics can contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium and other toxic metals. In 2011, the U.S. e-scrap recycling industry contributed… Continue Reading Occupational exposures at electronic scrap recycling facilities
(Transform Don’t Trash NYC) Decades of lax regulatory policies have permitted commercial waste haulers and facilities to prioritize their bottom line above the environment, community health, and worker welfare. Haulers bypass close by transfer stations with available capacity in favor of inefficient and overlapping routes to truck roughly three-quarters of the City’s putrescible and construction/demolition solid waste through a handful… Continue Reading Clearing the Air: How Reforming the Public Waste Sector Can Address Air Quality Issues in Environmental Justice Communities