Thursday, April 12, 2012
Transfer station fairness
From the Daily News:
While residents in the Upper East Side and elsewhere protest waste transfer stations slated for their neighborhoods, locals in North Brooklyn and the South Bronx are clamoring for them to be built - so they can stop holding the bag for the city’s trash.
More than 60% of the city’s garbage goes through plants in the South Bronx and along Newtown Creek - but they were supposed to get relief from a landmark 2006 garbage plan that includes four new marine transfer stations that would take half the city’s trash.
Fierce opposition has met a planned station on E. 91st St. in the upper East Side, which has been held up by lawsuits and is slated to open in 2015. A station planned in Bath Beach is on the same schedule.
Facilities in Sunset Park and College Point are under construction, but the Queens station continues draw protests saying it could raise hazards at nearby LaGuardia Airport.
In the South Bronx, which has 13 stations, and the area around Newtown Creek, which has 19, residents complain that so many stations in one place means foul smells, pollution-spewing trucks clogging the streets and dust and debris blowing around.
Advocates are particularly rankled by the resistance from the Upper East Side. Manhattan produces 40% of the city’s trash, but currently has no waste stations.