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Pro Publica exposes the Deadly World of NYC Private Garbage Industry

Shortly before 5 a.m. on a recent November night, a garbage truck with a New York Yankees decal on the side sped through a red light on an empty street in the Bronx. The two workers aboard were running late. Before long, they would start getting calls from their boss. “Where are you on the route? Hurry up, it shouldn’t take this long.” Theirs was one of 133 garbage trucks owned by Action Carting, the largest waste company in New York City, which picks up the garbage and recycling from 16,700 businesses.

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Neighbors Sue Williamsburg Trash Dump to Get it to Clean Up its Act

Neighbors of a maligned garbage weigh station are suing the owners asking a judge to step in and clean up the mess.

Ten residents who live near Brooklyn Transfer at 113-115 Thames Street in East Williamsburg say they’re sick and tired of sleepless nights caused by truck noise and foul odors that permeate their apartments and spoil their appetites.

Tenants also fear for their safety from speeding garbage truck drivers and a plague of rats drawn to the facility, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

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Bushwick residents file lawsuit against waste transfer station

Some Bushwick residents have filed a lawsuit against a waste transfer station, claiming it impacts their daily lives.  A foul odor, dust blowing into apartments, garbage and rats are just some of the complaints residents have against GPB Waste NY, LLC; GPB Capital Holdings, LLC and prior owner Brooklyn Transfer, LLC.  After years of complaints, residents filed a suit against the companies Wednesday morning in Kings County Supreme Court.


Crown Container Truck Destroys 12 Cars In Williamsburg

A Crown Container truck slammed into a dozen vehicles in Williamsburg on Monday morning.

The massive crash happened at around 6:00AM. As you can see in the attached video, the driver of the truck suddenly veers to right and starts hitting the parked cars.

See the video and photos at Yeshiva World News.

NYC Carters Only Recycling 22% of Commercial Waste

Paper or plastic — it’s all getting trashed at most New York City businesses.

Only 22% of commercial waste got recycled in the city last year — a number that has barely budged despite stricter rules meant to increase recycling, according to new data released Thursday. More…

Labor groups say ‘sham unions’ undercut other organizations to the benefit of themselves and employers

LIFE 890’s latest target is Teamsters Local 813 at a Queens company called Planet Waste. The owner, Tom Tolentino, indicated he had high hopes his roughly 15 hired hands would vote out Local 813 and bring in LIFE 890 during an election called for March 22.

He told the Daily News in a March 12 interview he might have to close up shop if he couldn’t get out from under the Teamsters’ pension plan. He insisted, though, that his workers were free to vote however they chose. More…

“Trash Kingpins of NYC” site exposes private waste industry record of abuse

A new website launched today, called Trash Kingpins of New York City, exposes the corruption, racist and sexist comments, environmental damage, and labor abuses of some of New York City’s worst private sanitation companies.  Many of the documents and violations on the website have never been reported on before.  The website is a project of members of the Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition.

Among the “Kingpins” featured on the website are:

  • David and Gerald Antonacci of Crown Container, who frequently posted racist and sexist messages on Facebook – all while promoting their companies as uniquely sensitive to the needs of Chinese immigrant communities where they do business.
  • The Bellino brothers of Liberty Ashes, who recently signed an agreement with an unaffiliated union of questionable legitimacy. The agreement undermines workers’ ability to recoup stolen wages in court, and still includes an $8.00/hour starting wage.
  • Christopher Antonacci of Crown Waste, whose company spent significant sums at casinos, steakhouses, and horse training facilities shortly before declaring bankruptcy.


Labor board blocks union election at Planet Waste carting plant

Teamsters Local 813 filed upwards of six complaints with the NLRB alleging Tolentino was trying to sway his workers toward LIFE Local 890 — an unaffiliated union that operates from the Brooklyn townhouse owned by its president.

On Friday, the NLRB said it found enough circumstantial evidence to support the Teamsters’ charge that Planet Waste was in violation of labor law for threatening to retaliate against the workers if they went with the Teamsters.