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Two NYC Former Sanitation Officials Back Proposed Citywide Zoning System

Brendan Sexton and Ron Gonen, two former New York City sanitation officials, announced their support for a citywide zoning system last Friday. The proposed system would make one contractor responsible for picking up commercial refuse for an entire section of the city.

Some labor and environmental advocates started a campaign against various private caters for inefficiency, subpar recycling practices and unsafe working conditions, which has caused the city to look into the current system.

The New York City Department of Sanitation is conducting a study to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of a commercial zoning plan. The report is slated to be released this spring.

POLITICO New York has the details:

Two former top sanitation officials on Friday will announce their support for a citywide zoning system to govern how private waste carters operate throughout the five boroughs.

Brendan Sexton, who served as sanitation commissioner during the Koch administration, and Ron Gonen, who was former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "recycling czar," will offer their support for commercial waste zones, a system whereby one contractor is responsible for picking up the commercial refuse for an entire sector of the city.

The city is reviewing the current system after labor and environmental advocates launched a campaign against many private carters they accuse of inefficiency, subpar recycling practices and providing unsafe working conditions. The system, critics say, allows for multiple carting companies to have contracts for the same sections of town. Often a dozen or more garbage trucks from different companies will roll through a single city block in one night.

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