Whoosh! Don't Give Household Trash Another Thought

As local officials strive to figure out the best way to remove the city's residential trash, there is one place in the city where the garbage seems to disappear as if by magic. In the apartment buildings on Roosevelt Island, residents drop their trash down chutes, and it gets sucked at nearly 60 miles per hour through 20-inch underground pipes that run more than a half-mile up the island. After arriving at the ground floor of a gray three-story building at the north end of the island, the trash is compacted to about one-twentieth of its original size, sealed in a container and trucked to landfills outside the state.


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