On Saturday, November 10, 2012, FreshDirect discarded its fleet of trucks destroyed in superstorm Sandy on the South Bronx waterfront. Upwards of 65 diesel trucks were disposed of by the company in a neighborhood itself reeling from the damage of the storm, where calls from South Bronx residents to DEP for an investigation of toxicity from storm surges in the area went unanswered.
“FreshDirect has no respect for our community,” stated Monxo Lopez, Mott Haven resident and member of South Bronx Unite. “Last weekend, our community gathered aid for victims of Sandy, and two days ago, we attended a fundraiser for a local business that was flooded. Why would FreshDirect dump 780,000 pounds of their garbage on our waterfront when we, too, are trying to recover from the storm? added Mychal Johnson, resident and Community Board 1 member.
FreshDirect offloaded its destroyed vehicles on the South Bronx waterfront over strong objections from environmental lawyers for the community suing the company for a full environmental impact statement of the effects of the proposed project which would add upwards of 1,000 daily truck trips through a neighborhood where asthma rates are already eight times the national average.
Stop dumping on the South Bronx! If FreshDirect had installed a range of vehicle trackers maybe they’d be a little more careful where they disposed of their damaged trucks!