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May 21, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Garbage hauling company has active contracts with the city despite two horror deaths

November 27, 2018
Sanitation Salvage, who had its license temporarily pulled after a drive killed two people on two separate incidents still has at least two contracts with the city, critics charge. (Gardiner Anderson/New York Daily News)

A private garbage hauling company that had its license temporarily suspended after killing two people now has active contracts with the city, the Daily News has learned.

Sanitation Salvage, which was put back on the road in September, is contracted with the city Housing Authority to pick up bulk refuse at several housing complexes in the Bronx, sources said.

The carting company also has a contract with the City Council, sources said. Details of that contract were not immediately disclosed.

Advocacy groups including Transportation Alternatives, the Alliance for a Greater New York and New York Communities for Change are now demanding that the city end ties with the troubled trash hauler. The groups are also calling on the city to pull Sanitation Salvage’s license for good.

NYCHA’s contract with Sanitation Salvage totals over $1 million, making the company one of the Housing Authority’s largest clients.

“Sanitation Salvage represents the worst of the private carting industry,” the groups wrote in a letter to NYCHA Interim Chairman Stanley Brezenoff on Monday. “The Business Integrity Commission rightfully suspended the company’s license in August due to the imminent danger it posed to New Yorkers.”

“For NYCHA to remain a top customer for this disreputable company undermines the de Blasio administration’s efforts to clean up the private sanitation industry,” the letter went on to say. “The city of New York cannot claim to hold Sanitation Salvage accountable one day, then pay the company to pick up its own trash the next.”

An email to NYCHA and Sanitation Salvage for comment was not immediately returned.

On Aug.24, the city Business Integrity Commission served Sanitation Salvage with a notice of emergency suspension for demonstrating a “pattern of unsafe business operations that creates an imminent danger to life and property.”

The company is implicated in the deaths of two people in the past year — including a part-time helper who fell off the side of the truck and was run over by his own 80,000-pound truck.

Sean Spence, who was driving the truck during both fatal accidents, bizarrely lied to police after Mouctar Diallo died on Nov. 7, claiming his co-worker was actually a homeless man who inexplicably jumped onto the side of the truck.

On April 27, Spence ran over Leon Clark on E. 152nd St. near Jackson Ave. in Morrisania — a short distance from the Jackson Houses, although it was not immediately disclosed if Sanitation Salvage is contracted to remove bulk refuse from the housing project.

A month later, Sanitation Salvage’s license was restored, although the city demanded that it hire an independent monitor to report on its movements to the city.

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