June 24, 1987
Mayor Goode took the sensible option yesterday, when he signed City Council's mandatory trash recycling bill. He did it in spite of inflated figures of just how much the local trash stream will be reduced by recycling, as well as concerns about program management and specific roles to be played by city and private haulers. But Council is still a day late and a trash-to-steam plant short when it comes to real solutions for Philadelphia's trash crisis. Recycling is important, but it's only a supplemental measure - part of an overall plan that Council lacks the nerve or the good sense to fully implement.
August 6, 2003
WITH ALL the talk about the impending demolition of Veterans Stadium, I wonder if anyone in City Hall is asking if the Vet could be more of an asset than a liability? You have to assume that if the powers that be figure the Vet has to go, then this means they consider this immense facility a liability. Or was it simply taken for granted that if we built two new stadiums, the "old" one had to go? Recycling, as a philosophy, doesn't apply just to soda bottles, even on this scale.
May 6, 1986
To the municipal melodrama over building a giant trash plant at the Navy Shipyard, add this quiet, but insistent subplot: There are some people in this city who would like to see Philadelphia doing a whole lot more about refuse recyling - a purported, but meagerly supported, project of the Goode administration. One is City Councilman Edward A. Schwartz, who two weeks ago lambasted the mayor for giving recycling short shrift. Even if a trash plant is approved - and so far that looks like the best of a diminishing list of long-term solutions - Mr. Schwartz points out it "won't do a damn thing to solve the problems we face today.
October 15, 1992 |
The city giveth, and the city taketh away. As recycling trucks finally begin pickups south of Cottman Avenue, the recycling schedule will be cut north of Cottman. Starting Dec. 7, the city will pick up newspapers, glass bottles and metal cans from homes in Tacony, Wissinoming, Mayfair, Oxford Circle, Lawndale and Crescentville. In preparation, starting Nov. 9, the weekly recycling schedule will be cut to every other week for 159,245 households already recycling in the Northeast and northwest Philadelphia.
October 20, 1987 |
State senators and business groups were trying yesterday to come up with compromise language to avoid a fight over a key section of Gov. Casey's mandatory-recycling legislation. The Senate took up the bill yesterday and approved an amendment giving local governments greater freedom in deciding what sort of materials homeowners would be compelled to recycle. But the sponsor of the bill, Sen. D. Michael Fisher (R., Allegheny), said the big fight over the legislation would come today.
October 15, 1989 |
Concerns about recycling in Rose Valley have prompted the Borough Council to form a committee to study the borough's options for collecting material to be recycled. "I think we're going to be forced into it," said borough manager Paula Healy at the council meeting Wednesday night. Residents now take glass to a local fire company for recycling and use recycling bins in neighboring towns for newspapers. The state's Act 101 requires that municipalities with more than 10,000 residents set up recycling programs by September.
October 2, 1987 |
Democratic freeholder candidates Ted Costa and Mary Anne Reinhart yesterday accused their incumbent opponents and the three other Burlington County freeholders of wasting taxpayers' money to build unnecessary and costly recycling plants. Costa and Reinhart said in a news release that the freeholders had refused to use existing privately run recycling stations, although state law required that local governments include private companies in their recycling plans. This is the second attack in a week that the Democrats have made on the freeholders' fiscal management of taxpayers' money.
March 5, 1989 |
Charles T. Duffy has some good news for Aldan Borough Council members about the borough's paper-recycling program. The borough did not have to pay in February to have the paper it had collected recycled, said Duffy, chairman of the Sanitation Committee, at a council caucus meeting Wednesday. In January, the borough was asked by Pasco Inc. of Philadelphia to pay $5 a ton to have its paper recycled. In February, Pasco did not charge the borough anything for recycling. Last summer, Pasco paid the borough $15 a ton to recycle its paper.
November 8, 1990 |
Although it has no legal obligation to, Hulmeville Borough may decide to start recycling in 1991. The subject came up at Monday night's Borough Council meeting, when the borough awarded its new contract for residential trash removal to the low bidder, Waste Automation Corp. Waste Automation now hauls Hulmeville's trash, without recycling, at a cost of about $42,000 a year. If recycling is included, the new contract would cost $94,159, or $47,079 per year, over the two-year period.
January 7, 1990 |
Aldan's new glass-recycling program has been successful in the short time the borough has had two recycling igloos, according to Borough Councilman Charles Duffy. "It has really taken off. . . . The residents really seem to be cooperating, and the word has gotten around," Duffy said at a caucus meeting Wednesday. The two igloos were installed in December. After a recent inspection, Duffy said that the clear-glass igloo was about three-quarters full. The colored-glass igloo, which was not as full, was filled mostly with beer bottles, Duffy said.