Monday, October 31, 2005

What About Solid Waste?

Garbage is the forgotten issue in this campaign. The mayor has deftly dodged the issue by making the siting of the marine transfer stations the focal point of his SWMP. This does, of course, skirt the more important problem of waste reduction and the total failure of the mayor's disposal plan to deal with commercial garbage.

Instead of technologically sophisticated and innovative approaches, the SWMP falls back on the useless methods of the past. In the area of recycling for instance, the plan calls for greater education. As we have said numerous times in the past, the falling back on "education" is a sure sign that any waste reduction program is moribund even prior to beginning.