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Vacuum Trash Tubes of the Future?

Instead of being transported on garbage trucks, your trash could very soon be shot through vacuum tubes. A new report documents the feasibility of installing pneumatic tubes in existing infrastructure in NYC–such as the High Line or the Second Avenue Subway–to transport waste Jetsons style.

The report was produced by the University Transportation Research Center for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), with input and review by Great Forest.

If implemented, it would reduce the number of garbage trucks on NYC’s streets and could offer significant environmental, public-health, and quality-of-life benefits. Read the full report.

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