Logistics of trash - New York State of mind

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Logistics of trash - New York State of mind

The City of New York has a lot of trash – an estimated 12,000 tons a day. With no City landfills or incinerators, it all has to be transported out of town. Moving the vast amounts of waste through the city’s crowded streets is time consuming and costly. In 2016, the city adopted a new plan with a logistics twist to handle the daily challenge of trash.

As people wind their way from turnpikes to highways and across bridges to local streets on their travels to various sections of the City of New York, nonnatives, or those with less experience, must wonder how anything gets done? The volume of traffic existing at almost any time of the day, envelopes you, often times overwhelmingly so. One can only imagine how New Yorkers feel as they make their way on daily errands or to work, or recreation, and back. Eventually, you realize that you must persevere as they do…

New York is reportedly the third most densely populated city in the world. With an area of 302.6 square miles and a population of over 8.5 million, New York’s density is calculated to be more than 28,000 people per square mile. This level, if even closely relating to reality, can create staggering logistics problems for the people who live there as well as those supporting them. Moving goods to and from the city can be a challenge.


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American Journal of Transportation