Fresh Kills: Equity & Waste Management

With the closing of Fresh Kills, my first question was: where does all the waste go now? I learned that many waste transfer stations were created in outer boroughs to deal with New York City’s waste. Since I knew little to nothing about Fresh Kills, I began researching and came across an article “Race and waste: Options for Equity Planning in NYC” by Julia Maantay that links the correspondence between poorer communities and waste-related facilities, specifically The Bronx. The Bronx has become a dumping ground for the city’s waste because of its location ideal for easy shipping and the fact that residents have little financial lobbying power. Here’s an interesting video on a green business in the Bronx that recycles donated building materials. Unfortunately, the business apparently closed down :( but its an example of a positive initiative taken by a group of people in the Bronx to take materials deemed as waste and give them a new life.






  jessica wrote @

Thanks for the great reference Victoria. You’re also speaking to another set of sites on the list, the waste transfer stations in the South Bronx. As you say, there are many (see map here for example: There are no land-based waste transfer stations in Manhattan.

  jessica wrote @

Also, a quick point of clarification: Before Fresh Kills closed, the majority of NYC waste was trucked from the transfer stations to Fresh Kills. Since the closure, according to Eliabeth Royte in Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash (2005), “almost all the city’s waste is trucked from transfer stations to out-of-state landfills and incinerators” (44).


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