Garbage Update

Nina: I was looking at the contracting process in the carting industry. I looked into regulations governing the hiring of carting companies and the germs that their contacts entail, overseen by the Business Integrity Commission. In doing this research, the most major discovery I made was that, as of this…

SITE VISIT: MARINE TRANSFER STATION

2.28 I went to the 59marine transfer station, Manhhatan. Pier 99 at 59th Street currently serves as a marine transfer station that handles recyclable paper for the New York City Department of Sanitation. The station is not open at that time when I went there, so I only can…

Observations: 91st Marine Transfer Station

The East 91st Marine Transfer Station is the most publicly ostracized MTS, so it was very important that one of our group members went to visit it. The visit happened in the middle of the afternoon in between 2:00 and 3:00pm. First impressions were that it was very…

Garbage and Marine Transfer Stations: Interviews

In addition to the interview with Justin Wood, the director of Organizing and Strategic Research of NYPLI as well as the leader for the Transform Don’t Trash group, whose interview was detailed in last week’s post, we also interviewed Ron Gonen. Ron is the former Deputy Commissioner of…

Site - Marine Transfer/ Solid Waste Trucks

From my initial speculation and reported objections to the Marine Transfer Stations I expected that they would be noisy and smelly disrupting the nearby community. Similarly when I thought of trash trucks I thought them all as inordinately noisy, with their operators caring little for the pedestrians or residents in…

The Pitch - Marine Transfer Stations

With the closure of the Fresh Kills Landfill in 2001 New York City had to come to terms with what to do with the more than 25,000 tons of domestic and commercial waste produced by the city every day. The initial solution under the Giuliani administration contracted private haulers…

Hamilton Ave. MTS visit

Today I went to visit the Hamilton Ave. MTS in Brooklyn. There were a few things that surprised me about my site visit. The first thing was how close the MTS actually was to the daily life of people, and how much that didn’t seem to faze residents. Obviously,…

Garbage & Marine Transfer Station: Interviews

Kurt & Luiza Interview with Justin Wood 2/21/18 Justin Wood is the Director of Organizing and Strategic Research for the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI). He is also a Taconic Fellow in NYLPI’s Environmental Justice program, and has been a leader of the Transform…

Garbage & Marine Transfer Station

All of our charts and data sets are compiled for access here. Trends: 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,…

Garbage & Marine Transfer Station

The first issue the group wants to look at is the current conversation around transfer stations in New York City. Most of the current conversation revolves around a new marine transfer station in Manhattan, the first in the borough. Upper East Side groups have been vocal in their opposition to…