Critics of Redwood landfil plan hit snag
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#1 Jun 21, 2008
The expansion may not be necessary, because right now 50 percent of the garbage going to RSLF comes from Sonoma county. At this time Sonoma county has nowhere in their county to dump their garbage, but talks are in the works for a private gargage corporation to re-open the landfill on Meecham Road that was shut down due to complaints from evviornmentalists up there. If they re-open the Meecham facility, that would eliminate the need for Sonoma to truck their garbage to RSLF, Vacaville and Susuin City, taking trucks off of 101 in Sonoma and Lakeville and hwy 37. It would also eliminate the need for diesel trains in the north counties and save the ratepayers of Sonoma county millions of dollars a year for diesel fuel costs and help reduce global warming too.
#2 Jun 23, 2008
Two Bay Area-based zero waste advocacy organizations, the Northern California Recycling Association and SPRAWLDEF (Sustainability, Parks, Recycling and Wildlife Legal Defense Fund), oppose the 8-year capacity expansion because it is unnecessary. And we believe we can demonstrate that in the courts of public opinion and judicial review.
We advocate combining No Project that major increases in recycling efforts comparable to San Francisco (actually non-landfilling about 65% of its total waste), San Jose, Alameda County, Portland and Seattle.
Marin County, where's your pride? If Marin were really not-landfilling 77% of its wastes, rather than the mediocre 40% level it actually recycles, there'd be enough space at Redwood for about 20 years.
I am sad your readers weren't told in the story that more than two dozen Marin-based organizations have affiliated with the Green Coalition for Responsible and Waste/Resource Management.
Paul is correct that southern Sonoma County uses the Redwood Land Fill, but it's more like a quarter of the tonnage, not half, so the better thing to do is to ramp up recycling efforts in Marin County and hope Sonoma can resume its commitment to zero waste programs (unfortunately sidetracked by the shutdown of the Mecham Road Landfill).
David Tam, Berkeley
Director of Research & Development
Sustainability, Parks, Recycling and
Wildlife Legal Defense Fund (SPRAWLDEF)
Since: Feb 08
#3 Jun 23, 2008
David, I read an article in the I.J.that stated 50 percent of the landfill going to RSLF is from Sonoma county, but that is only about of Sonoma counties garbage. The bulk of it is trucked out Lakeville hwy to hwy 37 , the most goes to Susuin City.
The problem with having a private profiteering garbage corp. from Texas (Waste Management) is that they have to answer to their shareholders. They are not really interested in zero waste because it will cut out their profits, the mo the bettah ! If we had local government in control then we in Marin would not be constrained in recycling efforts. The problem is not Marin at all, but the Texas garbage profiteers running the show at RSLF.
#4 Jun 23, 2008
Public Records from Marin's Waste JPA showed 57% of Redwood's garbage came from Sonoma in 2007.
Sonoma's landfill was closed due to due to violations of the Clean Water Act.
Only Marin in the Bay Area counts green waste, that goes to the dump, as daily cover, as recycled. Marin's green waste is 16% of our "recycled" statistic.Throw in in the millions of tons of inerts (dirt, concrete and rock) that we DUMP and David is correct---less than 50% recycling!
Sonoma County composts about 95% of it's green waste and resells it. Contrary to Redwood and the local garbage companies tell us.
For more information visit www.greencoalitionmarin.com
view "Tale of Two Dumps
#5 Jun 23, 2008
Corrections: I reside in Sleepy Hollow (San Anselmo)
web site to visit for information: www.greencoalitionmarin.org
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