Currently, North Brooklyn, South Bronx, and Southeast Queens are home to 26 of the city's 38 garbage transfer stations, processing 75 percent of its municipal waste.
Personally, I see these stations daily because many of them are near my apartment. I am very familiar with the smell that sometimes permeates the landscape.
The bill also helps to incentivize better waste disposal methods. Overall, we really need to see waste reduction across both industrial and residential practice, but we as a culture are struggling.
The organics program is designed to reduce our landfill waste, but it's already struggling because of our own abilities to adapt. A friend of mine put a lock on his compost bin because passerby kept putting garbage inside it.
Recently, the lock broke and he found a dirty diaper and a vodka bottle inside. Meanwhile, another friend noticed her bin was removed by her landlady. My neighbor complained about the worries around the smell, and my bin is gone now too.
The bigger picture of this is even more troubling. I recently learned that my hometown is furious with New York City because we are currently carting, with diesel trucks and open air garbage transfer trains, a third of all of our garbage to the Finger Lakes region.
Our garbage problem is festering, and we need to focus state wide on holistic waste reduction strategies if we don't want to destroy our environment, which has real and personal impacts for each one of us.