City suspends BX trash removal company's license over unsafe practices

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A Bronx trash removal company has had its license suspended over what the city calls dangerous practices.

City officials say a driver who worked for Sanitation Salvage is responsible for two deaths, one in 2017 and another in April of this year. They say Sanitation Salvage trucks have been involved in 58 crashes since March 2016.

The mayor released a statement saying, "This company has demonstrated time and time again that they value profit over the lives of New Yorkers and the well-being of their workers. We are immediately suspending this company's license following a pattern of unsafe practices."

A representative for the Teamsters Local 813 says it's about time action was taken.

City officials say as recent as Thursday night a worker with Sanitation Salvage was caught operating a truck with a suspended license while the assigned driver and another worker went into a pizza store.

The company has the right to appeal the decision, and a hearing could be scheduled as soon as next week.

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