- NYC has 7.2k "sanitation workers." (The Motley Monk would note they used to be called "garbagemen." They were men because women didn't handle garbage or, come to think of it, put up with garbage.)
- NYC's population of 8.3M produces 8M tons of garbage/year. (Now, that's really a lot of garbage! Do the math: It's 8.38T pounds of garbage (or 1257 pounds/person/year).
To deal with all of that garbage:
- The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) disposes of 50% (or 4.19T pounds) of the garbage/year.
- 250 private trash firms contract with local businesses to dispose of the other 50% of the garbage.
Why would those businesses contract with those 250 private trash firms and not simply use DSNY?
An article in the Epoch Times provides some answers:
- Private trash firms utilize recycling, in fact, 63% of their garbage. DSNY recycles only14% of its garbage. Why recycle? Recycling plants pay up to $25/ton for paper recyclables.
- Compared to those private trash firms, DSNY employees receive unlimited sick days, productivity bonuses, and shift-differential payments. In 2012, the average DSNY employee earned 39% more than the average trash firm employee. Total compensentation for a first-year DSNY employee is $100k+, including retirement benefits, health insurance, as well as holiday and overtime pay. Total compensation for a DSNY worker with 2 decades of experience is ~$170k.
The Citizens Budget Commission has done the math, finding that DSNY is spending $431/ton to collect, haul, and dispose of NYC's garbage. But, those private trash firms are spending only $183/ton. That's a 263% premium paid for NYC to run its own garbage collection agency.
The irony in all of this?
Apparently, Mayor de Blasio doesn't want his "sanitation workers" being called "garbagemen" and is putting NYC taxpayers' money where his mouth is by raising the wages of NYC empmloyees to be comparable to other professionals.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Epoch Times article, click on the following link:
"Hauling Trash in NYC for Twice the Price."