Date: June 23, 2021
Source: News Room
New York City's Department of Sanitation (DSNY) said 48 firms provided detailed submissions to part I of the RFP to service the city's newly designated 20 commercial waste zones.
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Among them are big players like Waste Management and Waste Connections, and regional players like Winters Bros., and Action Carting, a division of Interstate Waste.
The program was authorized by legislation (LL199) signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio in November 2019 after years of contentious debate only to be delayed in implementation due to the impacts of COVID-19. At stake is a massive 3 million tons of commercial waste generated every year by over 200 thousand business operating within the city's five boroughs. The new law is meant to create a safer and more efficient system by decreasing the number of trucks on the streets as more than 90 private waste carters currently service this commercial business. The new law is expected to reduce truck traffic by 18 million miles, or 63%.
Under the new law, carters will no longer be regulated by the Business Integrity Commission but instead by DSNY to whom they must submit bids and be awarded the right to operate within one or more but not more than 15 of the city's twenty commercial waste zones.
Part I of the RFP requested information from potential program awardees about their qualifications to provide commercial waste collections services, including licensing status with the Business Integrity Commission, financial statements, and compliance history. Part II, due in two months or so requests more robust information from potential program awardees, including plans to achieve the programmatic goals of commercial waste zones, including safety, customer service, sustainable waste management, infrastructure investment, and zero waste.