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Operations have begun at the new Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station.

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia has announced that the station – which will handle about 1,600 tons per day of DSNY-managed waste from various Brooklyn districts – got the green light Tuesday morning, September 5.

The $173 million state-of- the-art facility is the latest long-term waste export facility to open as part of the city’s Solid Waste Management Plan – a five-borough roadmap for exporting waste sustainably by rail or barge instead of long haul trucks.

“The completion and operation of the Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station is a benchmark accomplishment as the city implements the SWMP,” said Garcia. “Operationally, the new Hamilton Avenue MTS features advanced ventilation and odor controls, negative air pressure system, sealed leak-proof containers, and rapid roll-up doors. Waste will leave the facility in sealed containers by barge along the Gowanus Canal with no waste being exposed to the outside environment.”

The new station is a part of a network of two other fully operational transfer stations – the North Shore Marine Transfer Station at College Point, Queens and the Staten Island Transfer Station.

Two others are currently under construction – one in Manhattan and another in Bensonhurst.

The Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station is located at 500 Hamilton Avenue.

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