Technical Panel for the Evaluation of the North Shore Marine Transfer Station and its Compatibility with Respect to Bird Strikes and Safe Operations at LaGuardia Airport   [open pdf - 3MB]

"In 2006, the City of New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY) issued a Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan to address the long-term exportation and disposal of municipal solid waste from metropolitan New York City. This plan proposed refurbishing four closed marine transfer station (MTS) facilities previously operated by DSNY. One of the four proposed facilities, the North Shore MTS, would be located in the College Point section of Queens, New York, 2,206 feet from the landing threshold of Runway 13/31 at LaGuardia Airport (LGA). The proposed MTS would be a three-level, over-water, fully enclosed facility explicitly designed for the indoor transfer of solid waste from collection vehicles into sealed leakproof containers. Each container would be sealed and cleaned within the transfer station building and then loaded onto barges for transfer to a final disposal site. No solid waste would be stored or processed outside of the fully enclosed MTS building. [...] Previous research has demonstrated that gulls, European starlings, and pigeons are bird species frequently attracted to trash-transfer facilities. A review of available information, such as the bird strike history at LGA and findings from a wildlife hazards monitoring program at the airport, clearly demonstrates that gulls are a documented strike hazard at LGA and are frequently observed in the coastal-urban environment where the proposed MTS has been sited and in the general area near LaGuardia Airport."

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