City's New Deal: Let Us Dump All the Trash at McCommas, and We'll Create "Stimulus Fund"

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Wednesday's council briefing is shaping up to be action-packed, in the words of Ronnie Dawson: It'll have redistricting, a look-see at Dallas Fire-Rescue's budget (which includes that proposal to move and mothball engines) and ... dunh dunh dunh ... flow control, otherwise known as Marys Suhm and Nix's controversial proposal to force solid-waste haulers to dump their loads at McCommas Bluff Landfill or the Bachman Transfer Station.

By day's end the city will postHere is the PowerPoint that'll be presented to council; sounds like a nice Saturday-morning read. After all, It'll be filled with pictures of resource recovery centers in Germany and California; it'll recap a series of meetings held with an alphabet soup's worth of organizations since June (including one only yesterday with the NAACP, TCEQ, EPA and city staff); and it'll propose the creation of a "city fund dedicated to development projects that bring positive economic impact to communities near the landfill." The formal name: South East Oak Cliff (SEOC) Economic Stimulus Fund. Where's Schutze? He'll love that.

The briefing will also ask the council to give the proposal -- which, Suhm and Nix insist, will make the city millions off tipping fees and the conversion of trash into sellable methane -- the thumbs up by no later than September 28, in the hopes of implementing the ordinance by January. To which the solid-waste haulers will once again say: No, no, no.

How do I know? On the other side is a letter Tom Brown, the Texas Chapter Chair of the National Solid Wastes Management Association, sent to Mayor Mike Rawlings earlier this week. In it, Brown again makes his case that sending all the city's trash to the landfill near Paul Quinn College will have a "negative financial impact on businesses throughout Dallas including businesses in Southern Dallas." Jump for it, but watch where you step. Cover Letter for Mayors Meeting
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waste transfer stations
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The manned transfer stations were intended to improve upon and replace about 35 unmanned stations in rural areas across the region. Anderson said there will be no changes to the existing service until the new system is implemented. 

Truthteller
Truthteller

I am glad that some Sanitation Department employees are taking the time to post false information about flow control on the Internet. I really like the city's goofy web page that makes the landfill look like a park. It will be years before any type of material recycling facility can be built at the McCommas Bluff landfill.  No facility anywhere in the world could handle the amount of waste the landfill already receives. The issue isn't the value of the materials but rather whether they can be recycled in a cost effective manner.  Flow control is only about the city confiscating the business of companies that pay taxes and have invested in the region. Dallas doens't own the trash businesses generate. It is only responsible for making sure it is disposed of legally. That is what is happening now.  

Abby
Abby

This letter from the NSWMA is a total sham!  They talk about raising franchise fees while saying resource flow control is anti business????  They say increase the tip fees for money for south Dallas, but what they don't say is flow control takes that money from them, which is what we want.  What they don't want is a resource recovery facility to process the recyclables, because then they are out of business.  The city's landfill vs. their landfill, what's the difference?  The city gets some extra tip fees, but a recovery facility means recyclables resold into the marketplace, and they can't play that game, so they want to quash a concept which will help the city!   What baloney!  It's a new game, with new rules and the city is on to the tricks of the NSWMA

BCulbreath
BCulbreath

Is it legal to make a businesses dump trash where the cost increases just so City can make more money. There seems to be something wrong with telling a person they must dump trash picked up in Dallas into Dallas dump ground. What about free enterprise and imposing this kind of rule will make business people think twice about locating here.Solid waste companies shouldfeel their rights are being violated.Its already hard to build anything in Dallas so many unknown rules that don't come up until its CO time.

Abby
Abby

I'm just trying to thwart all the free press the NSWMA is getting to shovel, crying about taking valuable recyclables and sticking them in a landfill!  It's a new day y'all!  The technology to do more than curbside recycling, which is a net $10 million loss to the city btw is available.  Let's look at it first, then be critical.  Look what they do in Europe?  The resources can be processed instead of buried.

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