Last week, NAG Board Chair Rita Pasarell and NAG’s Environmental Organizer, Allison Currier, testified before the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation regarding their new Part 360 Regulations for waste transfer stations around New York.
Currently here in NYC, all of our waste is taken to transfer stations where it is processed, then sent to landfills or recycling facilities. These facilities are privately owned and are currently unregulated. The NYS DEC Part 360 Regulations will take a step in the right direction, by permitting waste transfer stations. Our issue is within the loopholes of this new regulation which affects our community of North Brooklyn who live nearby the cities densest collection of waste transfer stations. These loopholes allow any facility taking in 250 tons of waste or less, to continue going unregulated. Most facilities around residential areas are below that size and will not gain any environmental justice from this DEC regulation.
We spoke alongside the Transform Don’t Trash Coalition, New York Lawyers for Public Interest, New York Environmental Justice Alliance, Williamsburg Greenpoint Organizations United For Trash Reduction and Garbage Equity, and others!
Us environmental justice organizations weren’t the only ones in the room testifying. Concerns from the waste industry spoke about new regulations leading to job losses and size reduction. For an industry that has be extremely unregulated for a long time, the city should be supporting this transition to keep waste transfer stations running with environmental justice in mind!