The Sanitation Coalition was formed in 1994 and became a Non-Profit organization 501(c) 3 in 2005. It is a coalition of block and residents’ associations located in Manhattan’s Community Board #9, that has been fighting for environmental justice and educating our neighborhood residents about solid waste management since that time. Our coalition members and our all-volunteer Board reflect the diversity of the community, with our most active contingents coming from Grant Houses, of the NY City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and Morningside Gardens, a neighboring middle income cooperative.
Our community is very diverse, both ethnically and economically. For many years we have been plagued with plethora of noxious municipal facilities, from a sewage treatment plant, to a marine transfer station, to bus depots, to natural gas pipeline. We have several major truck traffic routes running through the neighborhood and are adjacent to the Henry Hudson Parkway. As a result, we have a very high asthma rate in the area, with many of the local school students and the residents of Grant and Manhattanville Houses especially hard hit, suffering from many severe respiratory illnesses.
This physical environment and the race and class make-up of our neighborhood inspired us to create a coalition of environmental watchdogs to fight, to improve and protect the health of our neighborhood and plan for the sustainability of our community.