New city garbage disposal plan could mean less trash in south Bronx
Residents hope the city's garbage disposal plan for the next 20 years means less trash in Bronx waste transfer stations.
Many residents say the stench from the sites are so strong they can not open their windows. They say it is unfair that the majority of Manhattan's trash is disposed of at one of the south Bronx's 15 waste transfer stations.
While Manhattan does have three of its own sites that could be used to put trash on barges, they have not been used in years. There is now talk of resurrecting them as the city works out its trash disposal plan.
Mayor Bloomberg has said what happens in Manhattan should stay in Manhattan. However, he says the re-opening of the stations could cost the city $400 million.
The city is expected to finish its proposal of the 20-year plan in September. City council members will then have their chance to vote on whether to approve it or not.