How Covid-19 will change the way the city picks up commercial waste

Covid-19 has made a dirty business that much messier.

While the Department of Sanitation oversees the retrieval of garbage from 8 million residents in the five boroughs, an entire ecosystem of companies and fiefdoms governs the trash pickup of the city’s business community. Up to 50 private waste firms compete in an unstructured manner for routes, times and clients to service more than 200,000 commercial businesses that include office buildings, hotels, restaurants and factories.

Local Law 199 overhauled the entire makeup of New York’s commercial waste industry, with the largest change being the breakup of the city into 20 commercial waste zones serviced by no more than three

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