What’s next for the needle beam project?
A pair of new construction machines designed to replace the needle-beam scaffold is about to make its debut in New York City.
The machines, built by a New York-based startup called Zinc, can replace more than 30,000 tons of waste every year in the city’s neighborhoods.
A new tool that was designed to tackle the same problem has been tested in the lab.
The Zinc machines will be part of a pilot program to replace more of New York’s scaffold, which is used for a variety of purposes including public art and public health.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the new tools would help tackle the citys most urgent needs.
“The needle beam is a critical element in our community, and I’ve been a leader in building innovative solutions to our needle beam problem for the past several years,” de Blasio told ABC News.
“It’s a challenge to do that while simultaneously maintaining the safety and quality of life that the public expects.”
The needle- beam project was announced earlier this year by de Blasio, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and others, with funding from the New York Public Library.
The mayor said the goal of the pilot program is to improve health and safety while also making money for local governments.
“We’re working with a number of stakeholders, and we’ve put together a collaborative, collaborative project that is going to make a difference,” deBlasio said.
“The needle-beam project is a great example of a partnership between our City, our Governor and the New Yorkers who live in our neighborhoods.”
Zinc’s new tool uses a combination of lasers and magnets to replace trash bags, paper bags, waste-management containers, sidewalks, and other items in the waste stream.
The tool will replace up to 30,500 tons of trash annually in Manhattan’s neighborhoods, the company said in a statement.
The company is seeking funding for the pilot project.