Brooklyn Trash Taken By Train
March 10th, 2009
Check, northern Brooklyn.
The Bronx and Staten Island. Check, check.
These boroughs are now transporting their trash by rail or barge as part of the city’s Solid Waste Management Plan approved by the City Council in 2006. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in East Williamsburg this morning that about 950 tons of waste from Brooklyn Community Boards 1, 3, 4, and 5 will be taken by rail from the Varick Avenue transfer station daily. All of that trash had previously been taken by tractor trailers, which spew out far more noxious and harmful fumes in the area.
We took an in depth look at the city’s garbage plan with The Garbage Game. See if you can design the city’s solid waste management plan.
The city’s solid waste management plan has seen its fair share of hiccups — both before and after it was approved by the Council, which in itself was a long and arduous process. Part of its recycling component, which was hinged on the construction of a recycling center on the west side of Manhattan near 14th Street, was stalled in Albany for more than a year by three Assembly members. A deal was carved out last year.
According to a release from the mayor’s office, the city will break ground on two transfer stations in Sunset Park and College Point sometime this year. Another two stations will be constructed as part of the solid waste plan. The recycling station should also be operable soon, the release says.
The plan is supposed to direct the disposal of the city’s trash for 20 years.By Courtney Gross on March 10, 2009, 12:44 pm
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