BY JENNIFER FERMINO NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Thursday, May 21, 2015, 2:22 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6:19 PM
The city’s ambitious goal to send zero waste to landfills by 2030 makes two controversial garbage transfer stations — including one on the Upper East Side — unnecessary, and a waste of $390 million, a group of pols charged.
The seven elected officials – including U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, City Councilmen Mark Treyger, and State Sen. Liz Krueger — sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio to ask him to nix the pricy new garbage dumps and use the money saved to focus on things like composting and recycling.
“Continuing to move forward with marine transfer stations to landfills undermines the mayor’s credibility and commitment to the One New York plan,” said City Councilman Ben Kallos, who also signed the letter.
The East 91st Street Marine Transfer station is supposed to open by late 2016, and the Southwest Brooklyn Marine Transfer station will open a year after that.
The two stations have been in the works for years.
De Blasio last month unveiled a new plan to stop sending waste to landfills by 2030 as part of his eco-friendly One New York program.
The elected officials say they support the One New York plan — which reduces trash by boosting recycling and composting rates — just not the transfer stations.
By the time the mayor’s plan will kick in, if it’s successful, the city will have spent $390 million on two “obsolete” marine transfer sites, according to the pols’ letter.
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