Many businesses in New York City are demanding that Mayor Bill de Blasio hold public hearings on a proposal to shift to a zoned commercial collection system. The demand is in response to a private meeting of the New York Department of Sanitation’s Commercial Waste Zones Advisory Board.
The proposal would essentially set up zones for private trash hauling across the citywide, doling out each zone to only one hauler. Proponents of the plan say it will reduce nighttime traffic and increase safety, since trucks currently can be operating on similar routes simultaneously. Critics of the plan say it will incentivize corruption since competition for collection services will be erased.