Could a trashy makeover be in the High Line‘s future? A sustainability-centric firm called ClosedLoops has proposed revamping the popular park’s current waste collection process by installing a high-tech pneumatic system. As reported by DNAinfo, the proposal entails using “a giant vacuum cleaner with a miles-long hose” to suck the High Line’s refuse underneath the park, where it would be separated into containers and transported on rail cars to waste and treatment facilities.
ClosedLoops team member Benjamin Miller recently presented the system, which seeks to replace the park’s trash cans, to the Community Board 4 committee. Visitors would be instructed to drop trash into inlets along the park ground, after which fan-like turbines would then force the refuse through the tube to the collection station where it would be separated into trash, recycling, and organic material. How the waste would be transported out of the city is still up in the air, but the team is considering using the Empire track as an option.
According to ClosedLoops team member Juliette Spertus, the high-tech system is a great option for the popular park, especially when compared with traditional trash pick-up systems, “The collection station doesn’t smell, and it means that you don’t have the same issue of cleaning, and odor control, and vermin, and all those hygiene issues that you have when you have open garbage.”
Priced at more than $8.5 million, the ClosedLoops system is not a cheap option. However, according to Spertus, the system would mean long-term benefits the park and surrounding areas by eliminating truck traffic, improving air quality, lowering energy costs, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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