Back in 2006, the city came up with a waste-management plan that used barges, rather than trucks, to transport much of the city's waste. A key part of that plan was the construction of a new marine waste transfer station on the East River at East 91st Street, and the construction has finally been approved, according to the Times. Work on the station could begin by the end of the year, and that will probably be good news to residents of other boroughs, since Manhattan produces 40 percent of the city's trash but has no waste transfer station of its own. It's bad news to the future station's neighbors on the Upper East Side.
Those neighbors have already launched a few lawsuits against the transfer station, and Assemblyman Micah Z. Kellner has filed one that's still pending. Kellner argues that the station will be taking in more waste than planned because the city hasn't yet built its promised recycling center on Gansevoort Street or modified one on West 59th Street, and therefore the city's waste-management plans need new approvals. A Bloomberg spokesperson said the Gansevoort Street recycling center will be running by the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017, so we're guessing Kellner's suit won't be successful this time, either.
?Possible station rendering via Crain's
· Waste-Transfer Station in Manhattan is Approved [NYT]