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Won’t We Drown In The Garbage?
From Russian Bazaar

4-10 July 2002

By Dimitriy Fastovskiy

Beginning Monday, July 1st, new rules take a hold in New York regarding the disposal of food, paper, metal, glass, and plastic. As everyone knows, one of the conditions under which Mayor Bloomberg said he’d approve next year’s budget was if trash would no longer be sorted. Residents would have to separate paper and metal products, as before, but now plastic and glass could be put along with food by-products.

John Doherty, head of the sanitation department, warned landlords and private home owners that garbage not sorted according to the new rules will not be picked up. He similarly remarked that in the first 60 days of the new rules, offenders would not be fined. Doherty was obviously not joking, and many New Yorkers were left with a bitter taste in their mouths. Michael McMahon, Staten Island city councilman and head of the waste and sanitation committee, expressed their mood: "New York may be on the border of chaos," he said, "neither the mayor nor Mr. Doherty’s administration led any information sessions, which take time." This is certainly so; Bloomberg decided to voice his decision on sanitation "reform" through different media outlets. However, not all New Yorkers read the paper cover-to-cover or listen to news programs. In either case the Mayor’s office was obligated to put the new resolutions in print and send them out, but didn’t bother to do so. "The streets may be lined with garbage," declared Mr. McMahon, "besides, many bottle collectors will begin to tear open trash bags in search of glass." This scenario is quite likely, although Bloomberg does not discuss it. (Still, the mayor had to listen to certain assertions of McMahon’s.)

As Bloomberg’s press secretary Edward Skyler remarked last weekend, only in the first week, July 1st-7th, will garbage trucks not pick up improperly sorted trash. After that, supposedly, they will pick it up, even if there turn out to be containers of plastic and glass in the bag. In addition, Skyler’s speech had so many inconsistencies that it remains a mystery how things will work out in reality.

Clarification is severely needed for homeowners and landlords. It would be unpleasant to see mounds of old trash on the streets, and this is already taking into account "New York cleanliness," long ago made legendary. The fact that Bloomberg is thinking of economics is understandable because the processing of regular garbage is $65 per ton, while separating glass and plastic costs $110. But to live covered in garbage up to one’s neck doesn’t make anyone smile, no matter what good intentions the mayor uses to justify it.

Translated from Russian by Nina Kryuk

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