New York City is holding a hearing today to listen to opposition from the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), labor unions and business leaders to a proposed bill to reduce waste transfer station capacity.
“We intend to testify that Intro. 495 (the proposed bill) will increase traffic throughout New York City and does nothing to help promote recycling,” says David Biderman, vice president of government affairs/chapter operations & general counsel for the Washington-based NWRA ”We’re also concerned about increased costs that our customers will be forced to pay if transfer station capacity is reduced.”
Biderman says that the irony when the city’s marine transfer station start opening later this year, some of the trucks targeted in the bill will begin going to the transfer stations instead. “The reductions in truck traffic and the improved quality of life that is sought by this bill will be achieved as a result of the city’s solid waste management plan,” he says.