Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In

Action Carting Holds Another $51 Million in City Contracts Under Other Names

An Action Carting worker drives against traffic on Greenwich Street in Tribeca. Photo: Jennifer Aaron

Action Carting, the private trash hauling company whose driver killed cyclist Neftaly Ramirez last month in Greenpoint, holds an additional $51 million in city contracts on top of the $74 million in business previously reported by Streetsblog.

Ramirez's death marked the fifth time since 2008 that an Action Carting driver killed a pedestrian or cyclist on NYC streets. Last week, Streetsblog asked City Hall how continuing to do business with Action Carting squares with Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero agenda. De Blasio spokesperson Natalie Grybauskas avoided the question.

Municipal records show that Action has two contracts with the Department of Sanitation, both procured in September 2011 under the Bloomberg administration: one for $27 million under the name Action Environmental Systems, LLC, and another for $23 million under the name IWS Transfer Systems of NJ. Both contracts are for the "export of municipal solid waste from the borough of Brooklyn."

The five city contracts previously reported by Streetsblog are with NYC DOT and the Department of Environmental Protection.

A former Action Carting driver told Streetsblog that employees often work 12-14 hour shifts without breaks in order to complete their rounds.

Despite the seven contracts totaling $125 million in business with the city, the de Blasio administration gave no indication last week that it intends to use its leverage to penalize Action Carting or otherwise push for safer practices at the company.

The driver who killed Ramirez will face no legal consequences either, after NYPD preemptively absolved him for the fatal hit-and-run.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

SUV Driver Kills Girl, 3, in Harlem, Wounds Mom And Young Brothers

The girl's death marks another grim entry into a crisis of pedestrian traffic deaths this year.

July 12, 2024

Moped and E-Bike Safety Legislation Becomes State Law

Retailers must register mopeds at the point of sale, in addition to giving new owners safety information, under new legislation signed by Gov. Hochul on Thursday.

July 12, 2024

Roadway Dining May See Dramatic Decline Under Eric Adams As Deadline Looms

Fewer than two dozen restaurants are in the pipeline for roadside seating, according to public records.

July 12, 2024

Opinion: Congestion Pricing Is A Compromise

Alternatives paths to cut congestion and pollution and fund the MTA make congestion tolls look like a cheap parlor trick.

July 12, 2024

Friday’s Headlines: Department of Victim Blaming Edition

Traffic deaths in the city are on pace to reach their highest number since at least 2013 — and DOT is reportedly blaming "jaywalking." Plus more news.

July 12, 2024
See all posts