Posted by: nevadansagainstgarbage | June 21, 2010

The Sacramento Bee – June 21, 2010

Goodbye, city dump; hello, rural landfill
Town residents are battling the plans, warning of environmental hazards and telling the cities to keep their trash. If you don’t want to read the whole article, at least read the parts we have highlighted for you.
The new landfills generally go in rural areas where land is a bargain. Transportation costs, particularly rail, are relatively cheap. The companies charge a tipping fee, and the garbage keeps coming. Critics say the landfills are often in impoverished areas where residents have little say but suffer health problems from pollution. On the flip side, he said, many rural communities welcome them for the financial cut.
“They’re making money hand over fist,” said Lawrence Swanson, of the Waste Reduction and Management Institute at Stonybrook University in New York.
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