AVAC, a groundbreaking, innovative trash system is also broken

AVAC, a groundbreaking, innovative trash system is also broken

AVAC, a rare trash-hauling system keeping garbage off the streets, has been broken for months. But you probably don’t know about it because RIOC’s crack Communications Team is asleep at the wheel.

By David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

If you live in a building on Roosevelt Island, you throw your trash out down chutes like in other high-rise apartments. But instead of the usual process — building staff processing the garbage, bagging it, and putting it on the street — the waste stays in an inlet until a sensor notes that the garbage has reached a certain level. The AVAC system automatically starts up, opens the valve, and sucks that garbage at 60 to 70 miles per hour through 20 inch underground tubes to the central facility. In total, the pneumatic waste system serves over 14,000 residents and more than two dozen buildings.


But AVAC’s a broken trash system…

Aside from the repeated, preposterous error — “14,000 residents” — that’s a pretty good, concise description. Until it isn’t.

Because at least nine of those two dozen buildings are without AVAC service and have been for months.

On June 2nd, stacks of black bags greet people exiting the Tram, courtesy of the broken AVAC trash system.

Once it shut down media access to all its employees, RIOC’s alleged Communications Team adopted a practice of redirecting infrastructure inquiries to their webpage. But a search there reveals not a single word about the broken trash system.

It stinks

A nauseating stench filling Southtown hallways first alerted residences, earlier in the spring. AVAC rooms often smell bad because RIOC does not rinse out its piping system. Months of rotting residue builds up in the tubes.

But this was different. It was worse, and residents were soon sickened.

The cause, they found, was that the AVAC system was shut down from at least Rivercross south. In the absence of any notices from RIOC’s alleged Communications Team, though, they’d been tossing fresh trash into the chutes, anyway.

The stink was unbearable.

Building managers, then, got things under control, sealing off the chutes and leaving those big black bags hanging from the handles.

Not only are the big black plastic bags unsightly, indoors and out, but they are environmentally unsound. But the broken trash system leaves managers without another choice.

A broken trash system meets a super secret public agency

As reported numerous times before, RIOC pledged to restrict its public outreach to “branding” and “marketing,” bizarre though that is. When the AVAC’s down, it doesn’t fit into either category, and residents are seen primarily as nuisances on the way to bloated salaries for unqualified bureaucrats.

Because of RIOC’s press censorship, we don’t know why the “futuristic” trash system is broken.

But we talked with one building manager who recalled RIOC describing a large blockage. The bad news: That blockage has lasted for months with no signs of a fix.

They also, he said, told him that the whole system was down, clearly a falsehood.

So, for as long as we know, at least for Rivercross and Southtown, the futuristic trash system stays stuck in the mid 20th Century.

None of this bodes well for Roosevelt Island as the prolonged shutdown signals RIOC unable to secure a fix.

How long will this blockage last? Who knows?

But a greater concern is the next one. Where will it be? And how many will be affected?

RIOC exhibits no sign that it has any clue about managing an aging trash system, choosing silence over public concerns.

More from the Roosevelt Island Daily

  • What is the difference between consciousness and awareness?
    The consensus belief is that “consciousness is the sum of all our perceptions, and awareness is the sum of all our conscious experiences.” Let’s take a closer look. by David Stone In other words, consciousness refers to our ability to perceive and process information, while awareness refers to our conscious experience of the world around
  • Crazy Suzanne – Poetry
    Summer day, late afternoon, Crazy Suzanne appears at my door. “Are my tits getting bigger?” she wonders, raising her shirt up to her shoulders. Never having made their acquaintance before, I was at a loss but I looked anyway. Another time, another season, another person, I’d have invited her inside for further discussions, but this
  • RIOC, Haynes Slammed with New Discrimination Lawsuit
    Last month, precisely one year after being fired, former RIOC in-house counsel Arthur Eliav filed a discrimination lawsuit against his former employer. Also named as defendants are President/CEO Shelton J. Haynes, Chief Counsel Gretchen Robinson and Assistant Vice President Tajuna Sharpe. All are African-American, according to the lawsuit. Eliav is a Caucasian, observant Orthodox Jew.
  • What is the best time of year to visit New York City?
    There are a lot of great things about New York City, but one of the best things is that there’s always something to do. No matter what time of year you visit, there’s always a festival or event going on. But if you’re looking for the best time to visit New York City, we recommend
  • New York Assembly Districting Now Sucks Roosevelt Island Into Queens
    Just when you thought you were safely set in Manhattan, New York State Assembly Districting chucks Roosevelt Island into Queens once more. We survived City Council and State Senate battles, but here we go again. by David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News When Roosevelt Islanders fought to keep Roosevelt Island from sliding east into

Written by:

2,671 Posts

View All Posts
Follow Me :

6 thoughts on “AVAC, a groundbreaking, innovative trash system is also broken

Leave a Reply

You May Have Missed

Wordpress Social Share Plugin powered by Ultimatelysocial
%d bloggers like this: