NY1 Study: Plan for UES Waste Transfer Station Would Triple Current Costs to City by NY1 News
A new study finds that the plan for an Upper East Side waste transfer station would triple its current costs to the city.
The Independent Budget Office's study says it currently costs $93 a ton to drive trash from Manhattan to New Jersey and Yonkers.
It indicates the transfer station would bring that cost to $278 per ton.
The total cost over the next 20 years would increase from $253 million to $632 million, which is actually a more expensive estimate than the budget office made two years ago when it looked at the issue.
"There have been some reductions in cost," said George Sweeting, deputy director of the Independent Budget Office. "There's actually less waste being produced and there's some competition, and the prices have come down there, whereas with the marine transfer station, they've locked themselves into a 20-year contract, which may over 20 years wind up saving money, but at the moment, looks like it's a little more expensive."
City Councilman Ben Kallos, who requested the report, hopes the numbers will encourage Mayor Bill de Blasio to end the plan for the transfer station, which has drawn several protests over the months.
A spokesman for the mayor said in part that the mayor "supports the five-borough trash plan because it treats all boroughs fairly."