Lawsuit against Waste Equity Legislation
A large waste transfer station company owned in part by three members of the Squitieri family filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block recently passed waste equity legislation that will reduce the amounts of garbage trucked into overburdened communities like the South Bronx. Pro Publica has reported that one of the co-owners of the transfer station owner is the former owner of a waste company whose license was revoked by the Business Integrity Commission.
The law being challenged includes provisions exempting recycled or composted operations from the reductions in permitted tonnage handled at transfer stations. Transfer station reports submitted to New York State show that the Squitieri-owned facility recycled less than 1% of the waste it processed in 2017, while sending 213,000 tons to landfills in upstate New York and Ohio.