BFI Wants To Haul Trash on Train

Linden, N.J. -- BFI Transfer Systems of New Jersey testified before the state's Union County Board of Freeholders that it wants to move New York City garbage by train to landfills in states such as South Carolina and Georgia to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and associated costs for the area. The garbage would be loaded by barge and sent to a transfer facility in Linden, N.J., where it then would be sealed in steel containers and placed on rail cars. Using trains will replace the 1,000 trucks per day that currently move the garbage, according to BFI Transportation Manager David Iverson. The hearing was scheduled in response to N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Robert Shinn's request for more information on the proposal.