[VIDEO] Remembering the Crazy 1987 Voyage of the New York Garbage Barge

Back in 1987, a garbage barge full of 3,000 tons of New York City garbage was sent down the Atlantic to be dumped in a North Carolina landfill for disposal. Upon arrival, the barge was denied access because they thought the barge may have contained a health hazard. As a result, the barge was kept on the open seas for 5 months, and generated quite a media storm. Revisit the New York Garbage Barge story in this video from the New York Times' Retro Report series.

The first of our new Retro Report series revisits the 1987 voyage of a barge loaded with New York garbage. It became an international fiasco, but foreshadowed the modern recycling movement.

Check out the accompanying article for more.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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