98 Lincoln Ave., Bronx, NY

Mott Haven

"waste transfer station"

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.

At one time, Harlem River Rail Yard was a bustling freight terminus for the New Haven Railroad. By the 1970's, however, the nation's biggest railroads were in bankruptcy, freight traffic had switched to trucks using the interstate highway system, and manufacturers and their shipments were disappearing from New York. By 1978, state and city officials were trying to arrest the decline of manufacturing jobs by improving rail freight access to New York. A major proposal was the creation of a terminal for ''piggybacks,'' trailers mounted on railroad flatcars, a mode of shipment that had become a nationwide standard.[4] 

But the only direct rail approach to New York from west of the Hudson was over a bridge near Albany and down through the Bronx. Trains traveling that route had to negotiate a tight series of corners, approximating a W, to reach the Oak Point train yard along the Bruckner Expressway, or switch onto tracks leading over the Hell Gate Bridge to Queens. Piggyback rail cars are too long to make those tight turns, however. What's more, the route crosses every commuter line between Manhattan and Connecticut through Westchester County, meaning occasional disruptions in passenger service and restricted hours for freight traffic. The Oak Point Link, first sketched out in 1978 and completed in 1998,  bypasses all those trouble spots to reach the Harlem River Yard via a trestle built on pilings along the banks of the Harlem River.


In 2006 USA Waste (Harlem River Yard) handled 989,340 tons of material; this sum represents 8% of all waste exported through transfer stations in New York City.  This facility handles putrescible waste.

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