485 Scott Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222

Greenpoint

"waste transfer station" truck-to-barge

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Houston, Texas based Waste Management, Inc. is the largest solid waste management company in the United States serving nearly 20 million municipal, commercial, industrial, and residential customers through a network of 379 collection operations, 342 transfer stations, 283 active landfills, 17 waste-to-energy plants, and 116 recycling plants.[1]  With approximately 48,000 employees and 24,000 collection and transfer vehicles Waste Management collects 83 million tons of solid waste annually and landfills an additional 45 million tons of third party waste.  In 2006 they earned revenues of $13.4 billion. 

In 1998 Waste Management was acquired by USA Waste Services Inc. which took over its name.  At the time of the merger, USA Waste was the third largest waste corporation in the US and Waste Management the largest.  Consolidation of the companies was challenged on anti-trust grounds by the Department of Justice and several State Attorney Generals, including the New York AG.[2]  After agreeing to sell off waste collection and disposal operations in 13 states the merger was approved.

In 2001 Waste Management settled a class action lawsuit accusing it of violations of federal securities laws in connection with its 1998 merger with USA Waste Services and its statements about financial performance in the first three quarters of 1999.[3]  The suit was settled for $457 million adding to the $229 million that Waste Management and its auditing firm, Arthur Andersen, agreed to pay to settle another class-action suit earlier that same year for inflating the company's earnings by more than $1 billion between 1993 and 1996.

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Contaminated Landfills
The EPA's National Priorities List of hazardous properties identifies Waste Management as a potential responsible party in connection with 75 contaminated landfill locations (16 of which Waste Management currently owns).  Waste Management estimates their liability in connection with these sites at anywhere from $268 to $458 million.[4]  

Contact Info
Facility Contact: Jay Kaplan
Phone: 718-533-5310
Email: jkaplan2@wm.com
Website: www.wm.com
NYSDEC Registration #: 24T04 
Waste Management of NY Scott Ave./BQE is one of 21 waste transfer stations in New York City and New Jersey that have contracts with the city to receive DSNY-managed waste.[5]  Currently, the facility is permitted to receive a maximum of 1,400 tpd of DSNY managed waste.[6] 

Truck-to-Barge
If the city's 2004 Solid Waste Management Plan is realized WM Scott Ave./BQE will begin exporting waste by barge.  This will significantly reduce the number of outbound tractor trailers trips originating from this facility.  However, in order to accommodate barge traffic the bulkheads will need to be improved and the sediments adjacent to the bulkheads will need to be dredged.  Because Newtown Creek has historically hosted heavy industries that dumped contaminated wastes without regard for modern pollution control standards, and given the proximity of the WM Scott Ave./BQE facility to the Keyspan and Phelps Dodge Superfund sites and the Greenpoint Oil Spill; all dredging will require appropriate pollution control measures (e.g. closed clamshell buckets, silt curtains etc.) and all dredged material will need to be disposed of at facilities certified to handle toxic waste.

Transfer or Disposal Destination, 2006[7]
In 2006 Waste Management NY Scott Ave./BQE handled 291,690 tons of material; this sum represents 2.4% of all waste exported through transfer stations in New York City.

Material

Amount (tons)

Facility Name

Location

putrescible solid waste

25,077

American Landfill

Waynesburg, OH

putrescible solid waste

178,350

Harlem River Yard Transfer Station

Bronx, NY

putrescible solid waste

15,548

Laurel Highlands Landfill

Vintondale, PA

putrescible solid waste

2,182

Peekskill, Inc.

Peekskill, NY

putrescible solid waste

38,154

Chambers Waste Systems Landfill

Richmond, VA

putrescible solid waste

980

Atlantic Waste Disposal Landfill

Waverly, VA

putrescible solid waste

5,079

Shade Landfill

Cairnbrook, PA

metal

60

Hugo Neu Schnitzer

Queens, NY

wood

26,256

Reliable Paper Recycling

Jersey City, NJ

  1. Waste Management 2006 Annual Report.
  2. Dept. of Justice.  "Justice Department and Thirteen States Clear USA Waste Services Inc.'s Acquisition of Waste Management Inc."  Press Release.  7/16/1998.
  3. CNN Money.  "Waste Management Settles".  11/7/2001.
  4. Waste Management 2006 Annual Report.
  5. Solid Waste Management Plan, FEIS.  Ch. 1 "Proposed Action"
  6. Solid Waste Management Plan, FEIS.  Ch. 1 "Proposed Action"
  7. Waste Management NY Scott Ave./BQE "Facility Annual Report, 2006". Filed with NYSDEC.  Numbers may not add up because of differences in the way tonnages are accounted for, e.g. scale weight vs. truck count, or because the records are incomplete.

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