Activists: Build more waste transfer stations

Smells like clean spirit! G’point residents demand city build trash depots faster

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Williamsburg and Greenpoint still stink.

Residents of the neighborhoods that are home to a glut of waste transfer stations, where trash is unloaded from trucks onto barges, are imploring the city to hurry up and build other facilities around the city to ease what they say is a daily bombardment of foul smells and heavy equipment that curls nose hairs, shakes homes, and rattles nerves.

“You can smell that putrid smell all summer,” Rolando Guzman, an organizer with Organization United for Trash Reduction and Garbage Equity, a local group pushing to stem the tide of garbage. “People in their apartments feel the vibration from trucks all day long.”

The stations handle three tenths of the city’s refuse, or 7,000 tons a day, which leads to high rates of asthma and poor air quality, according to the group.

“Some of the transfer stations are constant clouds of dust,” said Guzman.

The Council drafted a plan in 2006 to lighten the burden on Williamsburg and Greenpoint, as well as parts of the Bronx and Queens, by building or revamping five stations around the city. But nine years later, only one station has been completed and neighborhood opposition campaigns have slowed the development of facilities in Manhattan and in Brooklyn’s Bath Beach neighborhood.

A local pol said that the city needs to go full speed ahead with construction of the other stations to lighten the putrid load on the area he represents.

“The communities in Greenpoint and Williamsburg need the Solid Waste Management Plan implemented now,” said Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D–Williamsbu­rg). “Our communities bear an unfair burden of trash in New York City and action needs to be taken to reduce this burden.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
Keeping so much of the area near Newtown Creek zoned for manufacturing isn't working out so well, huh?
April 28, 2014, 5:56 am
ty from pps says:
Build an incinerator - it's quicker!
April 28, 2014, 7:11 am
diehipster from Fracturing Fletchers says:
I agree with Mitch from Wisconsinburg - we should re-zone the entire borough according to how a handful of Mid-Westerners would like to have it.
April 28, 2014, 9:31 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Diehipster, in his infinite stupidity, once again misunderstands how the world works.

If you are going to demand manufacturing zoning in your backyard, you are going to get manufacturing uses. Maybe you'll get a lot of auto repair and self-storage, but you're also going to wind up with garbage.
April 28, 2014, 10:48 am
Epiphany from Ex-Brooklyn says:
New York is a city of mass consumption, environmental apathy, decadent waste and political corruption.

Either consume less or stop whining. Or make some more money, because if you're poor or not cool, you'll never get away from the fact that politicians will treat your neighborhood like trash (pun intended). Think it was a coincidence that when the city needed to build a sewage treatment plant on the Hudson they just happened to put it next to Harlem instead of Greenwich Village? Guess you'll need to get the rest of the Polish community out of Greenpoint before it gets cleaned up!

However, during the next hurricane, it won't matter because trash will be floating everywhere! So enjoy being mass consumers and garbage producers while you can!
April 28, 2014, 2:35 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
The battle against environmental degradation in Geeenpoint is 40 years. Mostly it has been won. And slowly but surely, Greenpoint is being recast the way we want it, from the way the previous occupants left it. This is a good thing.
April 28, 2014, 8:53 pm
b from Greenpoint says:
What do you expect when you allow for more residential construction. It's called human waste.

Not in our back yard though. Send it to high density East Harlem. Mind you despite popular outer borough beliefs, Manhattan shoulders the burden of a considerable amount in infrastructure as well - power generator facilities, an UES FDR Drive waterfront, many giant Noisy hospitals, homeless & drug shelters, all in the highest density area in the USof A.

A note on the Hudson River sewage treatment facility. It was located there based upon logistics, such as the land's elevation, rising water levels & the allowable tilt of pipe in which the sewage flows away from the City's populous center, without costly pumps. The neighbors were rightfully upset that their neighborhood had to bare the burden, in exchange they got a park so large you can see it from outer space.

Demand the latest technology, the most sustainable construction and a transportation fleet that is not coughing up exhaust.
April 29, 2014, 2:47 pm

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