East Side Elected Officials Slam Soaring Marine Transfer Costs

03/27/2017

For Immediate Release: March 27, 2017

 

East Side Elected Officials Slam

Soaring Marine Transfer Costs

New York, NY – The cost of trash in New York City is soaring from $63.39 a ton in 2007 to $129.81 a ton in 2016. Overall city spending on 

waste export is increasing from an average of $300 million from 2010 to 2014 to $360 million this year to $420 million in 2021. Driving the increased spending is the long-term contracts for four Marine Transfer Stations three of which are slated to begin operations in 2018 and 2019. Both are according to a new report by the New York City Independent Budget Office.

“The NYC Independent Budget Office report proves what I’ve long been saying, the 91st St. Marine Transfer Station is a boondoggle, pure and simple – costing New York taxpayers money while harming a residential community.  In fact, it will cost NYC an estimated $89 million more than trucking would over the next three years.  With NYC producing significantly more municipal solid waste than any other city in the world, we should be investing in tomorrow’s solutions not last decade’s,” said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.

“This Marine Transfer Station never made financial sense, and these increased costs just underscore that point,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “We need to dramatically reduce our waste footprint, not spend endless amounts of money to move even more garbage around.”, said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

"In addition to the many health and safety issues raised by the community, we have long been concerned that costs for the 91st Street Marine Transfer Station have grown significantly from original estimates. The new IBO report highlights this problem yet again. Rather than spending more and more on non-solutions, we should be using that money to create long-term reductions in our waste stream, so that we can truly achieve our bold vision to make New York a zero waste city," said Senator Liz Krueger.

“New York City is throwing money in the trash by continuing to build marine transfer stations. The City should save hundreds of millions of dollars a year by continuing to send all residential waste from Manhattan directly to New Jersey by truck instead of by barge through Staten Island,” said Council Member Ben Kallos.

“In addition to having the 91st Street Waste Transfer Station in a residential community that poses concerns for air quality, traffic, street safety and noise, we now have to address the escalating costs of marine transfer stations throughout our city and state. It is unacceptable that our taxpayers are burdened by the decision to use long-term contracts. The government should act responsibly in looking for ways to save and spend money,” said Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright.

PRESS CONTACTS:

Congress Member Carolyn Maloney:
Grace Harman, Grace [dot] Harmanatmail [dot] house [dot] gov, 212-860-0606

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer:
Andrew Goldston, Agoldstonatmanhattanbp [dot] nyc [dot] gov, 917-720-7895

Senator Liz Krueger:
Justin Flagg, flaggatnysenate [dot] gov, 212-490-9535

Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright:
Katarina Matic, matickatassembly [dot] state [dot] ny [dot] us, 212-288-4607

Council Member Ben Kallos:
Josh J. Jamieson, JJamiesonatbenkallos [dot] com, 212-860-1960