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Inside New York’s Deadly Private Garbage Industry

Fatal accidents; brutal work conditions; suspicious unions; lax oversight. Every night in New York, trucks from scores of private trash collection companies hit the city’s streets — often creating havoc and too rarely being reined in by regulators.

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New York City Council Passes Legislation to Help Workers in Private Trash Industry

One bill authorizes an oversight agency to directly police the labor unions at companies across the city. Another would require the agency to refer labor and wage violation cases to law enforcement. The mayor is expected to sign them.


Proposal Seeks to Give New York’s Private Trash Industry Watchdog Sharper Teeth

The legislation would allow the agency to bar union officials from representing workers in the industry if they are found to be lacking “good character, honesty and integrity.”


Sanitation Salvage, Troubled Garbage Hauler, Surrenders Operating License

In a letter sent to New York City regulators, lawyers for the company said it would cease operations “forthwith.”


Sanitation Salvage Ordered to Halt Trash Collections

The Business Integrity Commission suspended the license of one of New York’s biggest garbage haulers after it was involved in two fatal accidents and a spate of collisions.

Head of New York City’s Private Trash Industry Regulator Is Stepping Down

FBI and New York City Regulators Search Offices of Private Trash Hauler

Ex-Sanitation Salvage Workers Protest: “All We Want Is for Them to Pay Us What They Owe Us”

How the Trash Industry Worked Overtime Trying to Thwart New York City’s Reform Plans

Private Construction-Waste Truck Hits Man Outside de Blasio Event

A Trash Industry Union Thrives, and Employees Say They Are Left Holding the Bag

Private Trash Haulers Resist New Safety Measures

At Hearing for Bronx Trash Hauler, More Questions About Safety and Oversight

Embattled Garbage Hauler Co-Owns Dump With Person Expelled From Trash Industry, Records Show

“Yo, Take the Rap for Me”: More Trouble for a Garbage Hauler

A Fatal Accident Leads to Broader Questions About NYC Trash Hauler’s Operations

A Truck’s Flying Wheel Kills a Motorist, and the Sanitation Industry’s Safety Record Is Again an Issue

Treated Like Trash

Hell on Wheels

Treated Like Trash

One Night on a Private Garbage Truck in New York City

Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection