A report by the Alliance for a Greater New York also found that the city's 2,000-plus garbage collectors often have routes that crisscross each other.
The Alliance for a Greater New York, which wrote the report released Wednesday, blames a dysfunctional commercial waste industry that reeks of inefficiency.
“There is intense competition among commercial carters ... and the first thing they sacrifice is wages and safety standards.”More than 2,000 carters — or garbage collectors — often have routes that crisscross over one another before hauling trash out of the city, the report says.
The solution, the report says, is for the city to adopt a franchise system like Los Angeles and Seattle that would involve competitive bidding, a reduced number of companies and higher environmental and labor standards.
“While composting is a noble idea, which we believe in, there is no real infrastructure in our area to handle a big increase in composting,” said Bergamini. “You simply have to travel too far.”