What You Need to Know About the NYC Trash Trains

This past weekend, we were given quite an education on the NYC trash trains. Here are the highlights: 

  • Trains will allegedly sit parked in the City of Rochester until there is room for them at High Acres.
    • The trains were spotted on Railroad Street behind new, and very popular, restaurants. Imagine the smell that will come from them on a nice summer evening? 
    • This would mean that the trains have to travel through the entire east side of Rochester, sit parked, and then back track to Perinton to be unloaded. 
  • Trains have blocked traffic in the Village of Fairport. 
     
  • Despite the continued narrative from Waste Management, these rail cars have very little, if any, impact on the number of garbage trucks on our roads. We are now learning that they are likely in ADDITION to what was already trucked. This article from the Wayne Post describes the issue at length - 
    • Jenna Amering, a spokesperson for Waste Management’s Rochester-area operations, said the plan to build a railroad spur off the CSX mainline in Macedon to the landfill — which spans both Perinton and Macedon — may result in a decline in trucks on area highways, but it won’t be big.

      “It’s not going to be a substantial change” in truck traffic, she said. “We won’t be taking all the trucks and volume off the roads.”

      What it will do, she said, is allow High Acres — which has seen a decrease in its waste volume due in part to recycling — to bring in additional garbage, but in a more cost-effective way, and without putting more trucks on the road. 

  • WM High Acres have told us that they've always accepted trash from NYC. However, we found an article from the Democrat and Chronicle dating back to 2013 stating the opposite.
    • "New York City ships most of its solid waste, via freight trains and trucks, to Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio and other states. Seneca Meadows, in the town of Seneca Falls, is the only upstate landfill that has accepted Big Apple refuse, according to a Democrat and Chronicle review of landfill annual reports filed with the DEC."
       
  • The amount of trash coming in from NYC is truly unfathomable. Check out the picture below. Those green rail cars are two-deep.
 Photo taken on public property from undisclosed friend and supporter of FAFE, Inc. Picture published with support and direction from Knauf Shaw LLP. 

Photo taken on public property from undisclosed friend and supporter of FAFE, Inc. Picture published with support and direction from Knauf Shaw LLP. 


 waste management Rail cars blocking traffic in the village of fairport. 

waste management Rail cars blocking traffic in the village of fairport. 

Want to help?

If you see a trash train, tweet us a photo @FAFEgroup. We are always on the lookout for where these trains end up.