Saturday, November 20, 2004

Landfill problems

Trying to buttress our local economy with bad environmental solutions is going to be a constant threat in our future. An example of this conundrum are the attempts to 'save' Rochester and the fast ferry with casinos. We need comprehensive economic plans to construct strong and sustainable economic programs, not quick and chancy short-term solutions like gambling--which always bring with them a host of social and personal problems. The latest in environmental and economic quick-fixes is the Riga Landfill Plan to accept trash outside the community. Without commenting specifically on this plan to increase monies for Riga that offer residents tax breaks while they bring in more trash from around the country, I want to say that these kinds of solutions for economic growth and removing trash are incredibly short sighted. The sustainable solution to trash is recycling. Done properly, recycling can be a boon for manufacturing, creating job, and keeping our environment clean. Throwing more trash into the ground is always a bad solution (except for the land fill companies) because trash poisons the ground, the water and encourages more destruction of natural recourses instead of using our trash as a great potential for resources. As times get tough for more communities, there will always be these bad ideas, gambling and throwing more trash into the ground, and they will always be presented as the best solution, when they are not. Rochester has a lot more going for it than just another place to gamble and recycling is always a better idea than trashing.

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