garbage incinerator"Modern in design and modern in name is this garbage destructor in New York City, constructed by PWA."
The PWA played a crucial role in improving New York City’s health and sanitation facilities at a moment of growing strain on existing infrastructure. The city’s need for better ways to deal with garbage was particularly acute after 1934 when nearby New Jersey cities sued to stop New York from ongoing ocean dumping. Professor Robert Leighninger describes the results of PWA involvement: “Four garbage-disposal projects improved the city’s health and cleanliness at a cost of $34.6 million. The garbage incinerator at Fifty-sixth Street and Twelfth Avenue and the attached garage that houses 350 garbage trucks is still vital to keeping the city clean.”
Leighninger, R. D. (2007). Long-range Public Investment: The Forgotten Legacy of the New Deal. Univ of South Carolina Press. Gandy, M. (2014). Recycling and the Politics of Urban Waste. Routledge.
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