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UES group: No to East 91st Street waste station

Brownstone residences on East 91st Street on the

Brownstone residences on East 91st Street on the Upper East Side (Credit: Brownstone residences on East 91st Street on the Upper East Side (Getty Images))

A group of Upper East Siders have banded together to fight the city’s plan to build a waste transfer station on East 91st Street.

The group, Pledge 2 Protect, says the trash station has no place in a heavily crowded residential area.

While the station is planned for the tony Upper East Side, critics say it will also impact residents living in the Stanley M. Isaacs Houses & Holmes Towers and children who play at the Asphalt Green recreational facility because of diesel emissions from idling garbage trucks.

“Contrary to the city’s statement that ‘There will be no impact on the neighborhood,’ we have solid evidence of the health and safety dangers this garbage facility will impose on New Yorkers,” said Pledge 2 Protect President Kelly Nimmo-Guenther.

The trash station, slated to open in 2015, is a component of a citywide waste management plan that says each borough should handle its own waste, reducing the environmental impact on low-income neighborhoods.
 

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