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Press Release: Restaurant Association Comments on Intro 495

Friday, February 13, 2015  
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2015

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Urges Committee not to support the proposed law to reduce capacity at waste transfer stations.


NEW YORK — Today, Friday, February 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM, the New York State Restaurant Association will be attending the New York City Council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management hearing on Intro. 0495, a local law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to reducing permitted capacity at solid waste transfer stations in overburdened districts.


“While it seems that this bill has good intentions, it amplifies the problem it seeks to solve,” said Chris Hickey, Regional Director NYC of the New York State Restaurant Association. “This law simply moves garbage from one place to another which will only exacerbate the problem and cause the loss of jobs in the process.”


As the voice of the restaurant industry in New York City who will be impacted by the law, the Association urges the Committee not to support Intro. 495. The bill will:

  • Increase the costs of waste disposal for small and large businesses.
  • Increase truck traffic on streets and disrupt all businesses.
  • Reduce the City’s ability to manage waste during weather-related emergencies like “Superstorm Sandy.”
  • Eliminate hundreds of well-paying blue collar jobs by forcing the closure of small waste transfer stations.

Other concerns on proposed changes include pre-inspection openings, fresh juices, single service dispensing, and chemical sanitizers.


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The Association has worked closely with the Business Integrity Commission, the Department of Sanitation, and the City Council on many different initiatives including the PlaNYC program, Composting / Organic Separation Law (Local Law 146 of 2013), Food Waste Challenge, Polystyrene Ban, and Carting Industry Reform.


About New York State Restaurant Association

The New York State Restaurant Association’s mission is to help restaurateurs succeed. From hosting networking and educational events to actively participating in the state and local government, the Association is the ‘go-to’ for all restaurant related information and needs. The Association is the first place owners and managers turn to gain a competitive edge, by taking advantage of: cost saving benefits, education, and advocacy. It is the largest and most influential hospitality trade association in New York and the official voice for over 50,000 restaurants statewide.



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