No doubt most of you aren't all that concerned where your garbage gets dumped, so long as it's picked up and hauled off on time. That said, the subject's slowly but surely becoming a hot topic at City Hall
, as City Manager Mary Suhm and Sanitation Services Director Mary Nix make their solid-waste case to keep all of Dallas' trash in the city limits beginning with this morning's council briefing
For one, they insist the methane-capturing technology at the McCommas Bluff Landfill is only going to increase opportunities to convert garbage into gold. And, they say, forcing trucks to dump at Dallas-owned facilities, rather than allowing them to go to one of the dozen other landfills outside the city limits, will bring in an additional $13 to $15 million annually. The solid waste industry disagrees. Strongly
. But those folks aren't alone.
Last night, Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell told KXAS-Channel 5 that having all those extra trucks heading to the landfill won't do the school any favors
: "No one wants to live close to a great big garbage dump. If they did, all the folks that are talking about doing it would put it in their neighborhood." In a press release that follows, Gerry Henigsman, executive vice president of the Greater Dallas Apartment Association, says "the cost of trash collection is a major budget item for our members who do not want to pass higher costs on to our residents in terms of higher rents."
And council member Vonciel Jones Hill writes in an email to city staff that was forwarded to Unfair Park that she is "absolutely and adamantly opposed" to directing all trash to McCommas because "it is
detrimental to the economic enhancement of our southern sector." I tried to talk to Hill about this yesterday, but was told she's unavailable till tomorrow due to her son's graduation today. Anyway. The industry's call for a task-force review of City Hall's trash pick-up practices follows, as does the Channel 5 piece.