NSWMA Supports Proposed Business Integrity Commission Regulations
Revised regulations would level playing field between NYC waste brokers and
WASHINGTON -- March 14, 2013
The New York City Chapter of the National Solid Wastes Management Association
(NSWMA) submitted comments to the New York City Business Integrity Commission
(BIC) regarding proposed revisions to rules relating to trade waste brokers.
The association, which represents America’s private sector solid waste
industry, also commented on the BIC's rate cap for carters and the ongoing
issue of cardboard theft.
NSWMA supports the BIC's regulatory revisions, which seek to level the playing
field between waste brokers and carters in New York City by requiring both to
comply with the same reporting and recordkeeping requirements.NSWMA believes
these regulations will make it easier for the BIC to monitor broker behavior
and ensure they operate properly, in compliance with applicable laws.
In its comment and testimony at BIC's March 11 hearing, NSWMA argued its
members repeatedly have complained to the BIC about certain broker behaviors.
The association has provided specific examples of brokers not paying carters,
closing their business, and then establishing a new company with the same
principal owner obtaining a new BIC license. NSWMA expects the BIC’s new
regulations will prevent such behavior from occurring in the future.
About payment delays, NSWMA Chapter Chair Thomas Toscano stated, "NSWMA
suggests the proposed rules be amended to require a broker to pay the carter
within 30 days. NSWMA also suggests the BIC take swift and tough enforcement
action against violators. This will help ensure that individuals who might
otherwise be prohibited from working for licensees will not be part of the New
York City solid waste industry."
David Biderman, NSWMA's New York City Chapter manager, who testified at the
hearing on behalf of NSWMA, stated, "The continuing widespread theft of
cardboard from commercial establishments in New York City costs BIC licensees
between $8 million and $10 million annually." Biderman testified cardboard
theft is increasing, and an NSWMA member’s driver was struck by a van
illegally removing cardboard in Queens last weekend. NSWMA members submit
pictures and other evidence of cardboard theft to the BIC every week. Biderman
added, "NSWMA and its members urge the BIC to devote additional resources to
preventing and investigating cardboard theft and stand ready to assist the BIC
in this endeavor."
The Environmental Industry Associations (EIA) is the trade association
representing the private sector solid waste and recycling services industry
through its two sub-associations, the National Solid Wastes Management
Association (NSWMA) and the Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC).
NSWMA and WASTEC members conduct business in all 50 states and include garbage
collectors, processors, recyclers, equipment manufacturers and other service
providers. NSWMA’s New York City chapter is the association’s largest, and
includes numerous carters licensed by the Business Integrity Commission (BIC)
and transfer stations in New York City. Visit
David Biderman, 202-364-3743
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