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How would the U.E.S. Marine trash transfer site dramatically transform NYC's waste management plan?

NYC is planning to build a marine transfer station on the Manhattan side of the East River where garbage would be shipped out of the city.

Posted by maryam , of Brooklyn, NY

Ben Kallos

Councilmember, Democrat 8 Questions 1 Answer

The Marine Transfer Station at 91st St. turns good urban planning on its head, putting a Marine Transfer Station in a densely residential neighborhood instead of an industrial zone. Here are just a few reasons that I oppose the site and believe it represents poor policy-making from the Bloomberg era that must be reversed:

• It harms residents. Instead of being located in an industrial area, it is being placed in between an Olympic training ground serving 30,000 children from all five boroughs and a public housing development with 1,173 units, and within feet of 6 schools and 22,056 residents.

• It’s expensive. The estimated cost of the 91st Marine Transfer Station was $43.9 million for FY 2002-2005, $121.8 million for FY 2008 - 2009, $181.6 million in FY 2013 – 2014, and now $215.1 million for FY 2014 – 2015. Costs have nearly quintupled since the project’s inception. The money to build this ill-conceived transfer station is coming out of funds that could be spent on schools, senior services or improving our solid waste system to become more environmentally friendly and less harmful to New Yorkers. On top of that, the cost of disposing of one ton of trash will skyrocket from $90/ton under the current system of disposal in New Jersey to $238/ton through the Marine Transfer Station to Staten Island. Overall, these represent staggering costs to New York City taxpayers. That’s why I have called, along with other elected officials, for a pause and review of the site.

• It doesn’t achieve its aim of borough equity. Manhattan’s waste currently goes to New Jersey; now it would go through Yorkville to Staten Island. Additionally, it would barely shift the burden of trucking routes to other boroughs. So, while I support a fair New York City, I don’t believe this will help other burdened communities – just create more of them.

• It’s not green. Ultimately, our City must rely on a sustainable plan that disposes of our trash smartly and greenly. That means reducing, reusing, recycling and innovating to ensure that all New Yorkers are safe and protected. Instead of recycling at 15%, we can recycle at 75% to match other major cities such as Los Angeles. We must invest seriously in ensuring New York is an environmental leader – instead of environmentally backwards.

If you agree, please visit http://benkallos.com/MTS to sign the petition or learn more about the Marine Transfer Station and the fight to stop it. We can and must do better for a greener city.

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