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

Drivers with the company, which has a total of $125 million in active contracts with city government, have killed five people on NYC streets since 2008. The de Blasio administration has given no indication that it intends to review its business with Action Carting or otherwise hold the company accountable.

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

  • Vooch

    Action Carting must spread a lot of vigorosh around

  • William Lawson

    Why would the city review its contracts with a company based on the fact that their incompetence kills and maims people? This is a city which is OK with people tearing around corners without yielding after drinking a couple of beers and crushing 2 year old toddlers to death and not so much as losing their license.

  • William Lawson

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

    I wonder if that’s the case with all trash guys. If you watch this great video about the NYC Sanitation Dept from ’79 there’s a bit where one of the guys talks about how they’re forced to work shifts with only 8 hours between them.

  • John C.

    Shut them down!! City must cancel contracts, set minimum code of conduct requirements. People, lets pressure private businesses that use them too, especially in Greenpoint

  • Peter Engel

    Let’s see how much Action Carting money has gone o Progressive Bill Dr Blasio’s campaigns.

  • Larry Littlefield

    I wonder where the TWU is on this. Perhaps no union card, and thus no dues, no license to kill?

    I thought there were federal shift limits on people driving trucks.

  • Mike

    The loss of any human life is tragic and this was a horrible accident- I will defend Action to this point – this employer employees hundreds of local NY’ers and while it is tragic that someone loss their life due to their possible own negligence of not having any reflective marking on and wearing all black (according to sources) calling for the suspension of city contracts that would cause 100’s of NYC most vulnerable workers to lose employment is not the answer – Action is a model employer that has had a tragic event happen and people wish to tarnish their reputation. I can say with certainty that hundreds of workers represented by the Teamsters and the Laborers Unions are in fact well paid, have good benefits and receive lunch and rest breaks in their shift.

  • Toddster

    Being well paid, having good benefits and receiving lunch breaks are all well and good, but irrelevant if your employees continue to recklessly run over and kill innocent people.

    As noted above, this is the FIFTH time this has happened. It is clearly an institutional problem at the company – be it training, lack of oversight, general culture, whatever. It’s a serious problem that needs to be addressed, no matter how well paid its employees are or how many of them there are (again, the same employees who are driving the trucks and routinely killing people).

  • Mike

    My understanding is that the bicyclists involved in this tragic event was not conforming with the Bicycle laws of NYC as required by the DOT namely – did not have the required lights and had no reflective devices on the operator. It’s easy to blame 100% the operator but a tragic accident it remains

  • Tyson White

    I don’t believe this is true, but his having lights has little to do with culpability. Pedestrians do not need lights, yet it’s a driver’s responsibility to see them and not run them over. This company has a history of running down pedestrians, some of them are now dead.

    Personally, I’ve witnessed very reckless behavior by their drivers (backing into a street the wrong way, texting while driving, driving in bicycle lanes, running red lights, etc). I understand they may be in a hurry to finish their route, but it’s nobody’s responsibility but theirs to see the people they run over. There are no accidents without negligence.

  • Mike

    Believe what you want to believe, the cyclists was not a pedestrian he was an operator of a bicycle on the roadway – bicyclists have responsibility as well. They must let others know they are in the road way – its the law. – The word culpability- suggest evil intent – this is not the case, as no charges we’re brought against the company or driver. – it’s a tragic accident.

  • Tyson White

    This was an avoidable accident that was not avoided due to negligence. The driver was turning right and ran over the bicyclist going straight in the direction of traffic. The driver had the duty of care to check for bicycles when turning (it is a marked bicycle route).

    How did you conclude he didn’t have lights? What’s the source of this information?

  • neroden

    This was not an accident. This was reckless driving leading to MANSLAUGHTER.

    And the killers are going free, thanks to the corruption of the NYPD and NY city government.

  • neroden

    Yep, Action Carting is violating the federal shift limits. Of course they are. Why are you surprised?

    The real question is how the kickbacks are being run. Who at Action Carting is kicking back bribes to the DAs, the NYPD, the Mayor’s office, and how are they laundering it? Because I’m pretty sure we’ll find out that’s happening.