I Get the Best Garbage Deal In Town, $1 Per Resident Per Year

The New York City Housing Authority released some documents related to the FOIL requests I made and the results don’t surprise me. They interviewed development management offices. What I was saying was correct most NYCHA developments have recycling receptacles but no recyclables are actually collected.
They did not release results for developments in Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan, the staff names and salaries of those involved in waste management and recycling, the costs associated with the recycling bins and where this garbage actually goes.
What is surprising though is the cost NYCHA pays Sanitation for waste disposal does not even begin to offset the actual cost to New York taxpayers. I get the best waste disposal deal in town.
NYCHA’s new pitch should be. NYCHA is fully committed to providing safe, affordable housing for more than 400,000  residents in a cost efficient and environmentally conscious manner. For only $1 per resident per year NYCHA will haul away my garbage to other poor neighborhoods. It won’t have any information on where this garbage is taken (although I have people from the New Jersey DEP who know it is being dumped in Jersey City) It won’t recycle any of my garbage but will actually go through an elaborate scheme of pretending. Meanwhile we will leave New Yorkers with a $14 million disposal bill. If someone attempts to go public with this either we will terminate their lease or not be reached for comment. The documents are a few megabytes so I uploaded them to my blog. and here are the calculations below. (and for proof purposes this is certified by City Officials as being accurate.
1.The fees paid to the New York City Department of Sanitation were as follows:
2009: $1,255,555.06
2010: $854,281.06
2011: $522,487.78
1. Why is there such a huge fluctuation in fees paid (for example a significant reduction in garbage) There is almost a 58% decrease in fees from 2009 to 2011.
2. What are these accounts payable for? Are you sure these are fees paid for waste disposal?
Here is my reasoning why these figures seem underestimated:
According to the Sanitation department New York City’s 8.4 million residents generated 7 million tons which cost $300 million a year to dispose of for the cost of $42.85 per ton. There are 403,995 residents in NYCHA according to your fact sheet. If each resident generates about 4.5 pounds of garbage daily that is 331,780 tons of garbage a year (4.5 pounds * 403,995 residents * 365 days). If the agency only paid $522K to $1.2 million for waste disposal then that amounts to $1.57 to $3.79 a ton. Using this estimate waste disposal for tenants should run NYCHA at least $14 million a year.


Assume public housing residents are the greenest and only produce one pound of garbage a day for 73,729 tons a year (1 pound * 403,995 residents * 365 days). This means NYCHA paid $7/ton which is far below the $42.85 per ton most New Yorkers pay to have their garbage disposed of.)
If NYCHA actually did pay only $522,487 for the entire fiscal year of 2011 this cost only covered the disposal of 12,193 tons of garbage. (or 24 million pounds). This means each resident of public housing only generated about 60 pounds of garbage per year or 2.64 ounces a day. (that is the weight of a bag of potato chips)
3. The records also do not contain fees paid to private waste haulers. In some developments there is container from (IESI, Action Enviromental). I have pictures if you’d like me to send you some.
If the fees NYCHA pays Sanitation to dispose of its residents’ garbage are in fact correct then the cost for each resident is about $1 (actually $1.30) per year. I want the public housing authority to take care of my garbage. Can you have the agency’s staff reopen this FOIL request and have a second look.

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One response to “I Get the Best Garbage Deal In Town, $1 Per Resident Per Year

  1. Grover Mannings

    Dick, this is good stuff. Keep it up, someone with influence is bound to notice the irregularities you’ve calculated sooner than later.

    By the way, do New York and/or New Jersey still run garbage barges out into the open ocean to get rid of waste? I remember reading about that practice somewhere. Apparently most of the city’s trash goes to the bottom of the ocean. This can’t be an eco-friendly practice when considering the fact the NYCHA doesn’t attempt to recycle waste.

    Low pollution garbage should be incinerated for electricity. Alternatively, sort waste by hand: most of it is probably just packaging that can be recycled (plastic bags, cardboard, tin cans, aluminum, tetra-pak milk containers, etc.).

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