New York Announces Plans For Export of Waste

Date: August 8, 2002

Source: News Room

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said the city would start shipping its trash away on barges instead of by truck, but acknowledged it would probably not save the cash-strapped city any money. The mayor's long-awaited report comes as the city faces escalating costs to transport 14,000 tons of residential garbage out of the city each day -- a task that became necessary after the Fresh Kills landfill shut down last year. Since it began phasing out Fresh Kills in 1997, the city has watched its disposal costs rise from $179 per ton to $263 a ton by last year, when it began relying on out-of-state landfills.

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