DSNY Roosevelt Island Automated Vacuum Collection System

Roosevelt Island, Manhattan

Interior view of the Roosevelt Island Pneumatic Waste Collection Facility
Credit: Michelle Young via Untapped New York

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The Automated Vacuum Collection System (AVAC) whisks garbage from Roosevelt Island's residential buildings at 55 miles per hour through underground tunnels to the AVAC building where it is compacted, containerized, and trucked off the island. See this modern marvel on a tour with the Department of Sanitation.

All tour participants should wear closed-toe shoes.

728 Main Street, Roosevelt Island
New York, NY 10044