Garbage & Marine Transfer Station

All of our charts and data sets are compiled for access here.


This data graphs the popularity of related Google search terms over time beginning in 2004. It seems as though interest in marine transfer stations spiked around 2004 with the closure of the Fresh Kills landfill. Since then, searches for marine transfer stations and Fresh Kills have been declining. Most notably, there is a spike in searches for transfer stations in August 2015. The data can help our team look for interest groups that may have contributed to the increase in search volume during certain months. Some people to interview with regards to this kind of data would be local activists like Pledge2Protect and Iconic NYC who lobbied against the 91st St. Marine Transfer Station.


Following up on the research from last week it became apparent that with so many varied and political interests involved in the location and outcome of Marine Transfer Stations, that the data set that was needed was a chart of the players. This chart pulls information from Articles about the Marine Transfer Station and tries to organize them to eventually be able to sort and review who are the most frequent voices in this discussion and what interests they represent. The Chart here (and linked in the folder above)

pulls various data about the people involved in the marine transfer station discussion. The chart considers the Borough and Neighborhood they are representing, and makes the fields organizable to eventually cross reference and understand both visually and spatially those who have influenced varied decisions during the time that this issue has been debated. In the articles we have manually scraped we are already beginning to see a variety of placeless Advocacy Groups with local neighborhood and corporate backers advocating a position on the stations’ locations. As much as we are interested in who we feel will be represented by this data, we also hope to find trends in areas that are not represented and compare those areas to the impact by waste processing centers.

Taking forward the third issue of understanding the overall waste management system of New York City, it made sense to research the actual amount of waste that is generated from each borough. A dataset provided by the Department of Sanitation offers the monthly waste produced, but it was chosen to be represented annually from 2014 until January of 2018. Right away, it is visible that the boroughs that export most waste is Brooklyn and Queens, followed by Manhattan, Bronx and Staten Island. Another interesting data is the fact that Bronx and Staten Island produce significantly less amount of recyclable material than the other boroughs, that remain roughly in the same line even though the refuse waste difference is so high.
Secondly, we found to be important to analyze more in depth the locations and characteristics of transfer station facilities. So, also from DSNY, the dataset analyzed is the Solid Waste Management Facilities where beside the address and geographic location, it is also possible to find out about the type of waste that is managed in the transfer stations and even the authorization issue date. Through the analysis of this information, we hope to possibly connect with the amount of waste that is produced per borough and confirm if the correlation of both factors is proportionate or not, our hypothesis is that it is not balanced.

Finally, the list of who the players are and the waste management chart will help us better determine who specifically to interview for next week. We are interested in speaking to someone from one of the Advocacy Groups, someone in the Department of Sanitation and a private Marine Transfer Station Company.

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