Solve 2 Problems With One Good Idea

Greensboro should be leading the way for developing a long-term, regional solution to household trash disposal. Hauling our household waste to a re-packaging facility and then paying to have it hauled away and become someone else's problem is not a good long-term solution. It is not even a good temporary solution.

We can reduce the volume of waste going into landfills by improved Recycling, Resue, and Resource Recovery and we should build a Waste to Energy program as soon as possible.

I have been gathering information for over five years about waste to energy programs. There are several options for plants that meet good environmental standards. Many facilities are more cost effective than conventional waste disposal methods in common use today.

I have approached city leaders several times and the negative thinking on this subject is unbelievable. Several years ago there was some talk. But even the talk was abandoned as soon as it was decided to stop receiving household trash at the White Street Landfill.

I have located a company that will provide the city with a free cost-analysis on ways to conserve energy, produce energy and use environmentally friendly energy sources.

Other cities, both small and large, are looking at better energy sources and better ways of disposing of trash. Greensboro should be planning for the future, Starting NOW ! !

5 comments:

Sandy Carmany said...

Diane,

I attended a committee meeting of the Piedmont Triad Partnership Foundation this morning where the feasibility of a REGIONAL solution to solid waste disposal was one of the topics of discussion. Due to the prohibitive expense to any new disposal methods, it would make sense to partner with other cities and counties in our region to pursue other options, not only to share in the costs but to also provide the larger volumes of garbage needed to make such a venture practical.

Roch101 said...

I'm with you, Dianne.

Apartment dwellers should be provided with a recycling dumpster. Too many are not.

My favorite bar generates literally tons of recyclable aluminum can, glass bottle and cardboard waste each month. It goes to the landfill because, as it stands now, the owner would have to pay a fee each month for a recyclables dumpster that he cannot afford. Surely there must be a way for the city to redirect these disposables from the waste stream to the recyclable stream that is economical for the taxpayer and the business owner.

I'm also dissapointed that our city hasn't given more than a cursory consideration of waste-to-energy. I too did some research on this at one point, and there are technologies that seemed to hold great promise, but it was beyond my ability to do an effective cost/benefit analysis. The city should get a thorough study going, locally or regionally, it doesn't matter, but let's do it.

diane said...

Sandy,
That's Great News. I agree that a Regional Solution is the best idea. I'm glad that someone else is thinking about this. I have felt like a voice crying in the wilderness for so long.
Thanks for all you do.
diane

Billy Jones said...

The Creature That Ate Alotaus

In the far away land of Alotaus
lived a creature folks called Trashapotamas,
who ate all their trash, ate their garbage up too,
so Alotaus, it always was shiny and new.

All the people who lived in Alotaus
were happy to feed Trashapotamas.
They tossed out their trash where they used it last,
on the streets and the yards of Alotaus.

The creature they called Trashapotamas,
he ate all the trash of Alotaus,
but as he ate the trash he grew big so fast
that he smelled up the streets of a few of us.

The fine folks who lived in Alotaus,
screamed, “Someone, run off Trashapotamas,
for he’s covered the streets, stepped on our feets,
and generally annoyed the whole lot of us!”

It was then they ran off Trashapotamas
saying, “We don’t need him in Alotaus,
for he’s just in the way, he annoys us today,
and the smell, well it just cannot stay...”

Well it didn’t take long ‘fore Alotaus
was covered in trash, the whole lot of us,
and the people did scream, “Bring back that big thing
before we’re awash in Alotaus!”

But alas, the Trashapotamas was never to be seen again...

Laurie said...

I would like to see more plastics recycling as well. Particularly non-drink #1 and #2 containers and #5 plastics. I don't understand why a market can't be found for these - they are recycled in other parts of the country.

I have noticed that many people that used to recycle don't even think about recycling any more because of the inconvenience. Personally, I think that we all can try a little harder but the reality is that most people will not. You have to make it free and convenient.