Inside the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

Humans create a lot of waste, especially in a city as packed as NYC. But where does that waste go?

Well, some of it ends up at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, one of the city’s 14 treatment plants.The eight huge, dome-shaped Digester Eggs have been a mainstay of the North Brooklyn waterfront since opening in 1963, though they don’t usually warrant more than a casual “what are those things?” from most people. That may change, with the eggs now converting bioslurry from food waste into electricity-generating methane gas for the National Grid Power Company

The DEP opens the facility’s doors to the public only four times a year. On Earth Day, April 27,  our intrepid photographer Edwina Hay joined the tour to capture these photos from inside the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. She said that while the plant treats odorous air, there wasn’t a smell at all at the facility, though the plant’s chief said that the bioslurry smells like “vomit trapped in a room for five days.”

On that appetizing note, scroll down for a look inside the plant. We promise it won’t entail any vomit smell whatsoever.