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December 13, 2018

Rolling again: Killer carting company back in business with ‘independent monitor’

September 29, 2018
Sanitation Salvage is rolling again, although they are working under the city’s careful gaze. (Gardiner Anderson/New York Daily News)

A private carting company who had its license with the city temporarily suspended after killing two people on its route is rolling again, officials said Friday.

Sanitation Salvage was allowed to get back to work after they hired an independent monitor that would report its movements to the city, a spokeswoman for the city’s Business Integrity Commission said.




“Under the suspension agreement, the company may resume collection with an independent monitor in place to ensure safe operations,” the spokeswoman said in a statement. “BIC has agreed to a strict oversight structure under the monitorship and Sanitation Salvage is allowed to operate with certain conditions, including strict reporting of drivers and close supervision by the monitor and surveillance teams.”

The investigation into Sanitation Salvage is “continuing,” the spokeswoman said.

As of Friday, Sanitation Salvage, which was once considered one of the largest private carting companies in the city, only had a handful of its old trash pick up routes. The rest of the routes will still be cared for by the city Department of Sanitation until Monday.

On Aug.24, the 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 accused 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, lied to police after Mouctar Diallo died on Nov. 7, claiming that his co-worker was a homeless man who inexplicably jumped onto the side of the truck.

A spokesman for Sanitation Salvage confirmed that the company is back in business and “has worked diligently to ensure that any safety concerns have been addressed and that all appropriate safety measures and protocols remain in place as the company resumes operations.”

“Sanitation Salvage is excited to welcome its employees back to work and again provide safe, efficient waste removal services to its customers,” the spokesman said.

Yet not everyone is excited by the news. A group of labor unions, environmentalists and community groups decried the city’s decision Friday.

“Every minute that Sanitation Salvage is driving the streets of New York, it is a danger to its workers and all New Yorkers,” George Miranda, President of Teamsters Joint Council 16, which represents public and private city sanitation workers said Friday. “This company is the poster child for a private carting industry that has broken the rules for years, while workers and communities suffer the consequences.”

“Sanitation Salvage’s license should be revoked for good,” Miranda said.




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