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Fast Trash Symposium: Garbage Collection and the Future of the Cities

April 19, 2010

What if New York radically changed the way it handled its huge volume of garbage?

The question will be considered Thursday, May 6, 2010 by New York City sanitation practitioners and their counterparts from urban centers around the world at a symposium entitled “Fast Trash” at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

The panel of experts, which begins its discussion at 6:00 p.m., will examine on the role of garbage collection in dense urban environments, now and in the future. Independent experts, planners and officials, from New York as well as big cities in Europe and Canada, will examine urban underground waste transportation systems, their impact, effectiveness, and the contexts in which they came about.

The symposium is being held in conjunction with Fast Trash, an exhibition on the underground pneumatic garbage collection system in use on Roosevelt Island in New York City since 1975 (Apr. 22-May 23, Gallery RIVAA, Roosevelt Island, N.Y.)

Panel discussants include:

  • Rosina Abramson, Vice President of Planning and Intergovernmental Affairs, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC)
  • Richard Anderson, President, New York Building Congress
  • Steven Brautigam, Assistant Commissinoal Environmental Affairs, Dept. of Sanitation, NYC
  • Ken Greenberg, Architect and Urban Designer, Toronto -Martin Maillet,
     Senior Project Manager for the City of Montreal
  • Suzanne Mattei, Director NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, NYC office
  • Mike Youkee, Chair, Mayor’s Advisory Board on Housing Development, London
  • Carlos Vazquez, Technical Director, Sanitation Department, Barcelona
  • Lovisa Wassbäck, Head of Waste Planning, Traffic Administration, Stockholm

The NYU Wagner event is co-sponsored by The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC)
and Envac, manufacturer of the Roosevelt Island system, as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the 1969 master plan for the Island.

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Press Contact: Robert Polner | (212) 998-2337

Fast Trash Symposium: Garbage Collection and the Future of the Cities

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