Thursday, June 14, 2007

Take Out the Papers and the Trash Plan

It now looks as if the mayor's trash plan will itself be shipped out to a landfill, as the legislature held firm in its opposition to the placing of a recycling facility in an area designated as park land on the West Side of Manhattan. As the NY Sun reports today, "Bloomberg's Trash Plan Sinks in Albany."

Which is exactly what we predicted over a year ago when we said that the plan, built as it was on a house of cards that depended on approvals for two controversial facilities, was doomed to failure. What no one has looked at, however, is the fact that the mayor's "comprehensive" trash removal plan doesn't have a single realistic method for reducing the amount of garbage that is exported. At the end of the day, all the plan does is distribute the pain rather than accomplishing the more significant reduction in trash exports