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Chapter News

  • NYC Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association Testifies in Opposition to Intro 495 at City Hall Hearing Along with Local Leaders

    NEW YORK – The New York City Council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management held a hearing today on Intro 495, a bill that proposes to reduce waste transfer station capacity in select neighborhoods in the City. Tom Toscano, president of the New York Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) and Chief Financial Officer for Mr. T Carting Corp, and David Biderman General Counsel and Vice President for Government Affairs at NW&RA, along with additional leaders of local organizations, testified in opposition of the bill, citing job loss, increased traffic, and higher costs for local New York City businesses. Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso introduced the bill last October. 

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  • New York City rally to preserve jobs, defeat Intro 495

    Two members of the New York City Council joined local workers and businesses at a rally Thursday on the steps of City Hall in protest of Intro 495, a proposal to reduce waste transfer station capacity in certain neighborhoods.

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  • New York City Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association Unveils “I Drive 25” Campaign Endorsing Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero

    October 24, 2014

    NEW YORK – The New York City chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) announced yesterday at the Vision Zero Fleets Safety Forum in Queens that its member trucks will be outfitted with bumper stickers that read: “I Drive 25: Support the Mayor’s Vision Zero Plan.”

    Following a series of traffic-related, pedestrian deaths, Mayor Bill de Blasio released a plan this year to reduce the number to zero by 2024—an approach known as Vision Zero. “The New York City chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association endorses the Mayor’s Vision Zero plan,” said Tom Toscano, chapter president. “The waste and recycling industry in New York City has made significant strides in improving pedestrian safety—as well as the safety of its employees—in the past two decades, and embracing the Vision Zero initiative will help us build on this momentum. The ‘I Drive 25’ bumper stickers will be placed on each member’s trucks as a reminder to both drivers and pedestrians that safety comes first.”

    NW&RA members receive weekly safety bulletins and have won the association’s prestigious national Driver of the Year award several times over the past five years.  NW&RA members are reminding their drivers that the speed limit in the City will decrease to 25 miles per hour in early November.

    Although the vast majority of incidents involving commercial waste removal trucks are minor, the behaviors that cause these incidents are often the same as those that can lead to more serious accidents or fatalities, according to Mr. Toscano. Reducing the speed limit is an important step toward reducing the frequency and severity of these incidents.

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    The National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) is the trade association that represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that collect and manage garbage, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors and a variety of other service providers. NW&RA’s New York City Chapter is comprised of more than 90 companies, with the majority of the local industry’s employees and trucks. For more information about NW&RA and its NYC Chapter, visit

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Commercial Franchising

    The New York City Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) is comprised of more than 90 companies, representing the majority of the industry’s local employees and trucks.

    Q: What is commercial waste franchising?

    A: A franchise system would use a competitive bidding process to select a small group of haulers (often called “carters” in New York City) to collect solid waste and recyclables from businesses in franchise zones established by the City. That will be bad for all businesses in the five boroughs.

    Our industry is passionately committed to a cleaner, greener city and the health and safety of our neighbors in the five boroughs. A franchising system won’t achieve those goals.

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  • National Waste & Recycling Association Urges Caution in Proceeding with Proposed Transfer Station Legislation at City Council

    Legislation will bring unintended consequences: higher costs, more traffic, lost jobs

    October 7, 2014

    The National Waste & Recycling Association’s (NW&RA) New York City chapter today issued concern about proposed legislation (Intro. 495) that would cap the percentage of the city’s waste that can be handled in any one community district.

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