Thanks to these improvements, the collection process has been optimized and significant savings in electricity consumption have been achieved. It should be noticed that in more than four decades the pneumatic waste collection system has never stopped working, even in the most adverse weather conditions.
For example, in 2010, severe snow storms shut down New York City’s public services and operatives for three weeks. The chaos reached, of course, the transit of waste collection trucks. The Roosvelt Island system did not stop its activity at any time. Nor even did it in presence of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, when the rest of the public services in New York City were again depleted and collapsed.