Transform Don’t Trash NYC

June 17th, 2016 | NYC’s Private Dump Trucks Are Trashy Rolling Death Machines
Empty plastic and styrofoam cups and bottles sitting on top of a green-toped recycling canister as a yellow-green taxi goes by.
April 22nd, 2016 | Commercial Recycling Drops in NYC: Study
A large truck leaves a waste facility.
April 22nd, 2016 | EXCLUSIVE: City Commercial Reycling Rate Plummeted as Low as 19%, According to New Study
An animated still of a sad-looking milk carton in a pile of trash.
March 9th, 2016 | Where does NYC’s commercial trash go?

New York City’s restaurants, offices, and businesses generate a staggering 3.2 million tons of solid waste each year, and bury and burn over 2 million tons of that waste in landfills and incinerators. The commercial waste industry is highly polluting, costly and inefficient, disproportionately burdensome on low-income communities and communities of color, and dangerous and exploitative for workers.

Through the Transform Don’t Trash NYC campaign, ALIGN is uniting labor, environmental justice, community and other advocates to transform NYC’s commercial waste system. By improving environmental standards, labor standards and corporate accountability, we aim to reduce waste and pollution, create cleaner and healthier communities for all New Yorkers, lift thousands waste industry workers and their families out of poverty, and create thousands of new, quality jobs in recycling and recycling-reliant industries.