A PRRAC report (November 2018). By Megan Haberle and Heidi Kurniawan.
In New York city, a handful of low-income communities and communities of color are home to the waste transfer stations and processing facilities that handle the vast majority of the city’s garbage. Diesel-burning trucks collect and export the waste, bringing with them noxious air pollution, unsafe streets, and unwanted noise. For decades, community lawyers have been involved in the conversation about fixing inequities in the city’s waste system. challenges such as NiMBYism and the influence of the commercial waste industry have required steady progress through organizing, legislative and political advocacy, media, and litigation.