Representatives of the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA), Washington, D.C., have testified against proposed legislation in New York City that would cap the percentage of the city’s waste that can be handled in any one community district.
According to the NSWMA, the bill, known as Intro. 1170, is before the New York City Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management.
Waste and recycling industry leaders testified that the bill may result in the closure of several existing waste transfer stations that serve the city as well as a loss of jobs at other transfer stations.
Accoriding to testimony by NSWMA Vice President for Advocacy David Biderman, Intro. 1170, if enacted, also would increase the costs of disposing of waste in the city. The waste and recycling industry projects that enacting the bill would increase tipping fees for New York businesses by as much as $100 million annually, he predicted. Biderman also added that the bill sent the wrong message about investing in recycling and waste diversion infrastructure in New York. He called the legislation “irresponsible and unreasonable” and asked that city council members not vote in favor of Intro. 1170 if it comes to a vote later in 2013.
“The owners and operators of these facilities provide a vital service, comply with the numerous city laws and regulations governing their operations, and are working with the communities and neighborhoods in which they operate to reduce impacts,” Biderman stated.
NSWMA says its New York City Chapter includes owners and operators of many of the transfer stations targeted by this legislation. The chapter also includes about 50 haulers who will be adversely affected by Intro. 1170, the association says.
NSWMA members who testified said they were willing to enter into a dialogue with city officials and community groups to address issues relating to the transfer stations, including a responsible level of permitted capacity reduction.