Friday, June 01, 2007

Garbage Plan Rotting

The NY Times is reporting today that the city's "comprehensive" garbage disposal plan, built delicately on a number of shaky assumptions, may run afoul of Manhattan legislators who object to the siting of a recycling facility in Hudson River Park. This is certainly no shock to us since we said over a year and a half ago that the plan was likely to be stymied by state legislators with more parochial concerns than the council speaker. But, as NY1 reports, the mayor is still trying to bogart his way through the state legislaure, something that's alot harder than the city council.

It should be pointed out, however, that the failure to implement the siting aspects of the SWMP could very well mean that the entire edifice will collapse, and the mayor and the council will be back to square one. This wouldn't upset us at all, since we have said all along that the most important component of any meaningful solid waste plan is waste reduction, a component that the current waste chimera is sorely lacking.