Wednesday, January 25, 2006

DMI Waste Policy

On yesterday's DMI blog there is a good commentary on the mayor's comprehensive solid waste plan. The key observation on the plan is that it "is anything but comprehensive..." The reason that's given relates to the issue we've been beating on for over a year: waste reduction. There is nothing in the mayor's plan that addresses this crucial variable.

This is, however, where we part company with the good folks over at the DMI. The reason we do is because their view of waste reduction is modeled after the NYC Zero Waste Campaign that at times offers quixotic and anti-small business solutions to the city's garbage crisis (such as composting).

This is underscored by their position on garbage disposers that rehashes all of the ideologically-driven misinformation on these appliances. To the credit of the campaign they do offer the following caveat on their concern with the experimental use of disposers:
"It is critically important that if the expansion is considered, it not proceed without the thorough study and reporting on all the relevant issues and the costs for the city of handling food waste in the water treatment system, versus in the recycling system."
One other point. If the DMI cohort is truly motivated to greatly increase the city's recycling levels then they need to carefully examine how the comprehensive use of disposers would accomplish this task without resorting to futile Draconian measures that at the same time put the city's neighborhood retailers at a distinct economic disadvantage.

Update: As the Drum Major Institute’s Elena Levin points out, the post referenced above was from a guest blogger and not necessarily representative of the DMI’s viewpoint. We apologize for this incorrect attribution.