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NSWMA applauds NYC efforts to break up theft ring

The New York City Business Integrity Commission (BIC) announced three arrests of the perpetrators of a large-scale recycling theft operation responsible for stealing tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of cardboard from large New Jersey retail sites. Law enforcement officials found thieves orchestrating a cardboard theft ring focusing on Wal-Mart’s and Sam’s Clubs in New Jersey. With the value of cardboard hovering around $100 per ton, the volume of cardboard generated by these stores made them an attractive target for these thieves. The National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA), the association that represents the private-sector solid waste and recycling services industry, applauds these arrests.

Thomas N. Toscano, chair of the NSWMA’s New York City chapter and the president of Mr. T Carting Corp. in Glendale, New York, said that NSWMA members in New York City are losing 8 to 10 million dollars per year due to cardboard theft.

The BIC is both a law enforcement and regulatory agency charged with the oversight of the private carting industry, the businesses operating in New York City’s public wholesale markets, and the shipboard gambling industry.