Marine Transfer Station

Petition to Dump the Dump!


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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. I oppose the site and believe it represents poor policy-making that must be reversed. If you agree, please sign the petition.

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We continue to fight the Marine Transfer Station and thanks to your support we’ve already accomplished:

  • Ensured zoned trash pickup is done fairly to protect the East Side;
  • Brought attention to dangers of garbage trucks in residential neighborhoods
  • following tragic death of local resident hit by a garbage truck;
  • Moved the ramp one block north to protect 35,000 children from all over the city who play at Asphalt Green in partnership with P2P and the local community;
  • Introduced air quality monitoring legislation to protect us from pollution;
  • Forced commitments from DSNY under oath to limit use to only 1,800 of the total 5,200 tons per day capacity, keeping more than 300 garbage trucks off our streets;
  • Advocated for and secured funding for guardrails on garbage trucks and other large city vehicles;
  • Advocated for and won a citywide goal of zero waste to make Marine Transfer-to-landfill obsolete by 2030;
  • Exposed high costs increasing from $93/ton to $278/ton for a total price tag of $632 million;
  • Built a three borough coalition against garbage dumps in residential neighborhoods.

I look forward to working with residents like you to find new strategies to stop the Marine Transfer Station.


Press Coverage
New York Daily News
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"We're going to see hundreds of trucks coming into residential neighborhoods," he said. "We're looking at knowing [pollution levels] on an hour to hour, day to day basis because there are 35,000 children playing in a park near this garbage dump."

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Press Coverage
City Limits
Monday, May 18, 2015

Building state-of-the-art marine transfer stations, with the extra step of cranes putting containers onto barges, has become very expensive. The total construction cost for these stations is approaching $1 billion.

"The day the Solid Waste Management Plan was passed in 2006 it was already obsolete," says Council Member Ben Kallos, who represents the neighborhoods around the 91st Street MTS.

He has joined a long line of local politicians that have taken up the cause. In a March 25 preliminary budget hearing at City Hall, he grilled DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia over rising construction costs.

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Press Release

I hereby request that the DEC not to renew the Air State Facility Permit for the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station in order to meet with your mission, obligations under law, to improve and protect the environment by preventing air pollution in order to enhance the health, safety, and welfare of New Yorkers, and to prevent and abate all air pollution, including hazardous particulates. The MTS will redirect waste and air pollution from out of state in order to release harmful exhaust from residential trash trucks, commercial trash trucks, tugs, equipment operating within MTS, harming air quality in a neighborhood with a hotspot, among the worst air quality in the city, where children already have high asthma rates. The DEC has a duty to put our environment and our residents over politics by not renewing this permit.

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Press Coverage
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Nonetheless, City Councilman Ben Kallos is urging constituents to voice their concerns during the comment period.

"With a public comment period for the permits up for review, our community has an opportunity to make our voices heard," he said in a statement. "I urge the DEC to fulfill its mandate to protect our neighborhoods and our environment by stopping the permits for the irresponsible and ill-conceived Marine Transfer Station."

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Press Coverage
New York Daily News
Thursday, May 21, 2015

The city’s ambitious goal to send zero waste to landfills by 2030 makes two controversial garbage transfer stations — including one on the Upper East Side — unnecessary, and a waste of $390 million, a group of pols charged.  

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Press Release

At the New York City Council Sanitation Committee FY16 preliminary budget hearing today, Council Member Ben Kallos slammed the unsustainable and rising costs of the city’s Solid Waste Management Plan—specifically the planned marine transfer stations at 91st Street and Southwest Brooklyn.

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Press Release

Council Member Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) came out strongly against Intro 495 this morning at a hearing on the legislation, issuing the following statement:

"Introduction 495, is not waste equity, it is waste inequity. Rather than relieving burdens on environmental justice communities, it simply creates new environmental justice communities..."

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Aside from the issues of escalating cost, which are well-known, the MTS is completely unneeded. Existing MTS sites at West 135th St and West 56 St. have been taken out of service, and the one at Lincoln Ave. in the South Bronx, less than 2 miles from 91st St., is very under-utilized - at 9:30 this past Monday morning, for instance, there was not a single truck waiting to enter. There is no need to waste taxpayer money on an unnecessary and unwanted structure. 

On the other hand, East Harlem and the Upper East Side have the least amount of open green space relative to population in the City; adding the platform at the MTS site for bike rentals would allow many more residents and visitors to enjoy the Esplanade. Today the nearest Citibike location is at 57th St, making it impractical given the time limit on these rentals.

Also, from Carl Schurz Park north there is not a single water fountain or toilet on the Esplanade, which puts a real damper on public enjoyment.

Finally, the cost of such a public use platform would be far less than the MTS, freeing up funds for more important repairs and construction on the Esplanade, so it could move towards the kind of space found today along the Hudson on the West Side.

I asm sure you have additional thoughts about how the MTS platform space could be used in addition to those above.


Thank you for listening.


Peter Kelvin

535 East 86, 8H

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