New York City Barge and Rail Waste Export Program

Hawkins served as legal advisor to the New York City Department of Sanitation over a 15-year period in procuring and negotiating 8 major 20-year waste export contracts valued at over $7 billion. The City undertook the program to implement its comprehensive solid waste management plan for achieving an environmentally sound, borough-centric disposal solution for DSNY-collected waste following the closure of Fresh Kills landfill. The contract counterparties included three major waste disposal firms and involved CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads, as well as landfills and disposal facilities in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and South Carolina.
Client New York City
Role Owner's Lead Counsel
Distinction Largest Comprehensive Solid Waste Export Program in the United States
Delivery Method Service Contracts with Design-Build-Finance Improvements
Project Size 7,000 TPD
Contract Value $7 billion
Contract Term 140 Years
Contract Counterparties Waste Management, Republic Waste and Covanta