Dallas City Council considers recycling proposal for landfill

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 7 at 2:34 PM

DALLAS - The Dallas City Council is already seeing green as it eyes the profit potential of a recycling proposal it is reviewing Wednesday afternoon.

The so-called 'flow control proposal' calls for making the McCommas Bluff Landfill in southeast Dallas the sole dumping ground for the city's solid waste. The idea is to convert the waste into reusable goods and energy that can be sold for profit.

Proponents on the council believe the ordinance could bring in as much as $14 million in its first year alone. But critics, like the National Solid Waste Management Association, say the ordinance will cost money to implement. They also said those costs are likely to be passed on to taxpayers and companies doing business in Dallas.

Wednesday morning, neighbors like Daisy Gafford addressed the council, urging members to be careful and cautious when reviewing the impact of the measure. Right away, it's likely to lead to more trucks hauling solid waste past their homes. Gafford said neighbors are still in need of a local grocery store and maybe part of the profits could help fund one.

Right now, all solid waste from Dallas residents goes to the McCommas Bluff Landfill. Half the solid waste of commercial companies is also hauled there.

The council is giving consideration to ways the ordinance could be used to better the immediate neighborhood, if approved.

The council is expected to take a final vote on the proposal later this month.

E-mail cvega@wfaa.com

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