UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — The city Department of Sanitation is scaling back its plans for waste management at the controversial East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station, department officials said in a recent letter sent to public officials.
Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said in a letter that there will be a 25 percent reduction in waste serviced at the transfer station, which will mean less garbage trucks rumbling through the Upper East Side.
"This is not the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station of years ago," Garcia said in the letter.
The facility, which is expected to open in the spring of 2019, will process about 40 to 50 trucks per day, Garcia said. Fridays in March are expected to bring only 37 trucks to the facility per day and Tuesdays in May figure to be the busiest days with 63 trucks, according to a Department of Sanitation analysis.
The number of trucks serviced by the station are predicted to be far fewer than its capacity of 30 trucks per hour, which means that the facility will be able to fully process a peak-traffic day in a little more than two hours, according to Garcia.
The Solid Waste Management Plan approved by the City Council in 2006 proposed that 130 trucks would be serviced by the facility per day. The plan allowed for the facility to process 1,860 tons of waste on an average weekday.
The four community districts serviced by the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station — 5 (Midtown), 6 (East Midtown), 8 (The Upper East Side) and 11 (East Harlem) — produced only 540 tons of waster per day, Garcia said. The commissioner attributed this drop in waste to recycling efforts.
"I am pleased to report that thanks to your work and more importantly the great recyclers in your community, the amount of refuse processed at the MTS will be lower than anticipated during the planning process," Garcia said in a letter.
City Councilman Ben Kallos said the reduction of truck traffic on the Upper East Side is a positive sign that the city may scrap the plan entirely.
"We've spent four years fighting the Marine Transfer Station and pushing for a smarter way to handle our city's waste, which is already paying off with a 25% reduction in trucks and trash," Kallos said in a statement. "We must continue our fight to stop the Marine Transfer Station from opening, if it opens see it closed, and spend every moment reducing waste through diversion, such as reusing, composting and recycling."
The Department of Sanitation also outlined the routes that its trucks will use to get to the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station from outside the neighborhood.
Here's how DSNY trucks will travel through the Upper East Side:
Community District 5/6/8
- Trucks travel from CD 5 up First Avenue until East 86th Street.
- Trucks take a right onto East 86th Street.
- Trucks turn onto York Avenue and head north five blocks until East 91st Street.
Community District 11
- Trucks will travel south on Second Avenue until East 90th Street.
- Trucks take a left onto East 90th Street.
- Trucks turn onto York Avenue and head north one block until East 91st Street.