Garbage Companies Battle for SF's Trash
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: A dumpster stands in an ally that runs along Western Avenue, an area where an elusive serial killer has been dumping bodies since 1985, on September in the South Los Angeles neighborhoods of Los Angeles, California. Police have linked a lone killer to at least 11 murder victims whose bodies were dumped near Western Avenue, mostly in allies, over the past 23 years with DNA and ballistics analysis. Detectives are also investigating nearly three dozen addition cases with similarities to these slayings. With the exception of one male victim, the Grim Sleeper, as some reporters are calling the suspect, targets young black women whom he shoots and rapes. One woman, known as Victim Number 9, survived after the suspect shot then raped her before relenting to her plea to let her fall out of his car. Bullets removed from her chest matched a gun used on eight prior victims. A half-million dollar is being offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Updated at 7:21 AM PST on Friday, Feb 11, 2011
Some folks just can't get enough of San Francisco's trash.
The City's plan to remove trash is coming under scrutiny from a variety of groups. Currently, the City has an exclusive contract with Recology to pick up waste in the city. Recology then processes the garbage, recyclables, and compost, and dispatches materials to various destinations around the state.
A new arrangement would allow Recology to send trash to a new landfill in Yuba, according to the Gate. Residents of Yuba are understandably upset -- nobody wants their town filled with trash, after all.
A competing landfill operator is challenging the arrangement, claiming that they weren't given fair consideration. Recology's plan has several advantages: by transporting waste by rail, they'll reduce costs and emissions.
The board of supervisors delayed any decision on the issue yesterday, saying that they needed more time to consider it. It's unclear when they'll finally act.
Ultimately, the only long-term solution may be for San Franciscans to reduce the amount of garbage that they produce. Don't hold your breath.
Published at 6:13 AM PST on Feb 11, 2011
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