A Sticky Garbage Situation
November 27th, 2007

Managing the citys garbage is and most likely will always be a sticky issue, literally and arbitrarily. That, some city leaders have said, is summed up in our new interactive feature, The Garbage Game, which was released earlier this month.

Since it was posted on our site pre-holiday, we have gotten some comments from waste management and political leaders or an outright refusal to even play.

Department of Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty commended the game, stating that it captures the complexity and daunting daily challenge New York City faces in managing its solid waste.

City Council Minority Leader James Oddo expressed similar sentiments after taking a stab at the Garbage Game pointing to the difficult compromises the city has to make to mange its millions upon millions of tons of trash.

One leader, though, disagreed and refused to play the game and publicly comment. City Council Sanitation and Solid Waste Management Committee Chair Michael McMahon declined to play the Garbage Game, a spokesperson said, because it included the option to reopen Fresh Kills the huge landfill on Staten Island that closed in 2001. McMahon represents part of Staten Island.

Though it would be impossible to reopen the landfill, which is now being morphed into a park, McMahons decision seems to exemplify the significance of Fresh Kills for Staten Island, which appears to have been and still be salt in an open wound.

By on November 27, 2007, 9:59 am
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