New Sanitation Chief: UES Garbage Facility Is Moving Forward

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


The new sanitation commissioner says she's ready to meet with the opponents of a key part of the city's Solid Waste Management Plan.

The group Pledge 2 Protect has been protesting the proposed East 91 Street Marine Transfer Station, saying it would bring air and water pollution to the neighborhood.

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia told WNYC her department will move forward with the plan, but she plans to meet with the group.

“I want to hear directly from them,” Garcia said. “I want to get a first-hand sense of what they’re worried about.”

Garcia also said she wants to take them to see the marine transfer station currently operating on Staten Island.

“You can’t tell from the outside that we actually have refuse within the facility. There are that few odors coming out of it,” Garcia said.

Plans for the facility date back to 2006. Garcia said it will lessen the burden on the outer boroughs, which currently handle the majority of the city's trash, reduce fumes from trucks and cut costs.


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Stuy Town

Nobody is talking about the impact this project will have on our beloved East River. Garbage ships passing by Stuy Town, the NYCHA houses on the East Side. These ships are more polluting than any fleet of trucks. Crazy to think this just impacts the UES. This would never happen on the beautiful West Side waterfront. Never.

May. 27 2014 12:02 PM
Concerned Parent from NYC

A waste transfer station abutting a sports complex servicing over 30,000 people a year, a block away from many, many schools and next to a housing complex is wrong - how does no one else see this? Whoever talks about the UES elite complaining that they don't want garbage in their backyard is CLEARLY not familiar with this area. This plan is just wrong.

May. 27 2014 10:08 AM
Ordinary guy

Another move against the middle-class by the DeBlasio administration.

Apr. 23 2014 10:26 PM

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