Futuristic Approach to Reduce Noise and Odors in Garbage Collection

In 2012, the New York World published an article that shed some light on what we can expect in coming years in our perpetual battle to dispose of our garbage. With more people populating the planet, it’s axiomatic that we will create more waste, and we have. Additionally, there are issues regarding the collection of garbage that assault our senses, rather than our planet. Looking toward the future, the news organization reported that technology designed to eliminate much of the noise and odors that seem inevitable with garbage was already in place when Yolanne Almanzar filed her March 4, 2013 story:

“A Swedish company may install a system of vacuum-operated tubes to collect garbage in certain areas of the city, according to Forbes. Private developers, neighborhood groups and other agencies have expressed an interest in using these garbage vacuums near Chelsea, in Manhattan, and underneath the Coney Island boardwalk or the High Line. The vacuum system already exists in a part of Roosevelt Island.”

By 2015, the futuristic vacuum-operated tubes were already improving certain garbage collection systems by getting the job done without noise or unpleasant stench, as the New York Times reports on August 4th of that year: 

“On Roosevelt Island, the sonics of garbage are the jet-engine roar of a 1,000-horsepower vacuum buried within the bowels of this two-mile spit of land. Not that most residents would know it. All they hear are birds chirping, joggers panting and water rippling in the East River as pneumatic tubes buried beneath their feet do the dirty work, silently sucking garbage from their buildings at 60 miles per hour.”

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