Pledge 2 Protect is a growing coalition of diverse citizens of the City who are working together to protect the health and safety of New Yorkers by raising awareness of the fiscal, environmental and community impacts of the City’s current solid waste management system and plan. Although Pledge 2 Protect was initially founded to alert the City’s elected officials about the risks of building the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station, our purpose and mission have expanded. We have always said that transfer stations do not belong in residential neighborhoods — anywhere. Many communities have borne disproportionate loads in handling New York City’s waste, and the goal should be to reduce those impacts across the board, not shift them. New Yorkers deserve a plan driven by modern solid waste solutions that are more sustainable and cost-effective for the long run.

GOALS:

Protect all New Yorkers from the harmful health and safety impacts of waste stations, especially children and seniors, who are the most vulnerable populations to the air pollution created by diesel trucks and tugs, and the low-income communities and communities of color that have traditionally borne a significant load of the City’s solid waste management.

Protect the City’s financial and natural resources by educating New Yorkers about the need to reduce garbage at its source, to reuse, to recycle and to take advantage of safe and sustainable energy-recovery technologies.

Protect the fiscal health of the City by removing unnecessary and avoidable waste management costs.

Protect the rights of all to clean air and water by supporting appropriate measures and guidelines that control toxic emissions, unsafe noise levels and pesticide use.

Protect the waterways, residents and businesses located in low-lying areas susceptible to flooding and the other potential environmental impacts of major storms that are more and more likely to hit the City in the future.

Our first initiative has been to educate New Yorkers about the mushrooming costs and significant environmental and community impacts of the proposed East 91st Street MTS. With the knowledge we have acquired through this process, we have expanded our efforts to also raise awareness and propose solutions to the broader shortcomings of the 2006 Solid Waste Management Plan.