Solid Waste and Recycling

  • Teamster Contract Changing Lives at the Recology/CleanScapes MRF

    January 13, 2017

    Our organizing campaign at the Recology/CleanScapes Multi-Resource Facility (MRF) didn’t just start small – it started tiny. When the facility in Seattle first opened, the company employed nothing but temps. Workers came and went at random, and convincing any of them to join our Union bordered on the impossible. That is, until we caught a lucky break one day in June of 2015.

  • Privatization Can Have ‘Trashy’ Consequences for the Public

    October 4, 2016

    A new study into the effects of diesel emissions emitted by garbage trucks in North Brooklyn and the South Bronx may have a lot of New Yorkers crying foul, and not just because of the smell.

    The study, commissioned by Transform Don’t Trash NYC (of which Teamsters Joint Council 16 sits on the steering committee) found that because of the routing of private waste companies, toxic diesel emissions in the two (predominantly lower-income) neighborhoods studied were five to seven times higher than the city average, putting the residents of these communities at higher risk for respiratory ailments. The study also found that the drivers of these trucks are also at a greater risk for health issues resulting from prolonged exposure to diesel fumes.