EXCERPT SHARED FROM A BROOKLYN INK ARTICLE WRITTEN BY KAVYA BALARAMAN
A part of the problem is the excessive traffic around transfer stations. A recent study estimated that garbage trucks comprise 30 to 50 percent of truck traffic at certain intersections in North Brooklyn, many of which are located near homes and schools. This not only leads to increased road damage and congestion, but can have health impacts as well. “If you look at a map of high emergency visits for asthma in the city, the highest concentration is in two locations: South Bronx and North Brooklyn. Overlap that with a map of transfer stations in New York and you’re going to see that they match perfectly,” said Rolando Guzman, a member of OUTRAGE, an advocacy group. “We also conducted a study on air particle count, and we noticed that it goes up by 355 percent on weekdays (when truck traffic is present on the streets). We believe that these particles are non-combusted diesel emissions and as we know, diesel emissions have components that cause cancer, heart disease, and respiratory diseases.”
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