New York Stops Sending Its Poo To Alabama After Residents Complain

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To avoid polluting the waterways around the city, New York City was sending some of its sewage to be treated in Alabama. Residents in Alabama didn't like that they were the recipients of the city's sewer treasures.  ( Drew Angerer | Getty Images )

People in Alabama became tired of taking crap from New York City, literally. New York City will no longer be sending tons of sewage to the state. In a recent deal that was severed by the city, it will not send any more sewage down to the state.

Foul smells made residents of Alabama complain so something could be done about the sewage entering the state.

New York City Poo

New York City has been sending its poo down to Alabama since early 2017. Alabama has been receiving the untreated sewage from New York City and South Kearny, New Jersey. Much of New York City's around 1,200 tons of sewage produced each day is shipped out to the state.

The Big Sky Environmental landfill in Adamsville, Alabama received approval from the state in order to be the recipient of untreated sewage. This untreated waste is also known officially as biosolids. Alabama residents around Birmingham have not been receptive to the biosolids being shipped in the state.

Materials that make-up biosolids lead to a huge number of complaints from residents that don't like the smell of the train cars that were occupying the railways. This cargo would be transferred from the railcars to trucks which took the waste to the landfill.

Those trains carrying the waste were first kicked out of Jefferson County, where the waste was being transferred from the train to the trucks. Temporarily it was arranged that the waste would be moved to Parrish in Walker County, where locals also became enraged at the cargo found being moved by trains to the town.

Smells from biosolids became a significant issue in Parrish, Alabama. Parrish's mayor said that the smell was so bad that residents couldn't leave their homes because of the smell. Eventually, the town council had to ban biosolids from being transported around Parrish.

Last week, around 80 train cars were left on a rail yard in northern Birmingham. Residents around the area thoughts that there was a dead body that was responsible for the stench. Again, a mayor had to get involved by asking to get the rail cars cleared from the area to which the company agreed.

More problems from sewage transport in Alabama include the waste spilling from trucks as it is being transported from the railcar to the landfill.

New York City cut ties with Big Sky Environmental so it will no longer be sending untreated sewage to Alabama. A spokesperson for New York City said that the reason it cut ties was as a precaution.

Big Sky Environmental wanted to take the untreated sewage to use as fertilizer. During the time that it was taking sewage from New York City, it received almost 400,000 tons from New York City, and South Kearny, New Jersey. Big Sky Environmental received about 7 percent of New York City's sewage.

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