January 28, 1987
At this time in Philadelphia we are faced with a problem: where or what to do with the city's trash. Although I have read a lot and heard all the experts no one has stopped to look at the problem. Not the problem of disposal but the problem of the trash itself. Where is all this trash coming from and what is it? I look to the past for part of the answer, to the future for the rest. I remember a time with less waste of resources, a time when we recycled bottles and saved metals.
May 30, 1990 |
The Camden County Freeholders have tabled a move that would allow Berlin Township and Berlin Borough to take their trash to a cheaper, private contractor instead of Winslow Township's trash transfer station. The Solid Waste Advisory Council had approved the request May 9. The freeholders tabled it Thursday until the Board of Public Utilities sets the tipping fee for the still-to-be-completed transfer station. The fee probably will be about $95 a ton, Winslow officials have said.
May 3, 1990 |
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Day" was a day of labor, not leisure, for 12- year-old Todd Lampone of Holland and other members of Troop 5 of the Boy Scout Council of Bucks County. When they gathered on Saturday to begin their seventh annual cleanup at the Churchville Reservoir in Northampton Township, they hooked a lot of bottles and plastic foam. The week-long effort with other volunteers accumulated about 15 tons of trash and about 1,500 tires that were taken to a central location for recycling.
January 28, 1986 |
Taking a deep breath from atop Chester County's Lanchester Landfill, Terry Ruth gave brief thanks to one of nature's deodorizers. "This time of year, you still get the Christmas-tree smells," said a coverall-clad Ruth. "I'm told that in the summer it will smell much worse. " At the edge of Amish country on a recent morning, Ruth silently watched the spectacle of 10 trash-transfer trailers taking turns backing up with ballet- dancer precision to a precipice of the landfill.
July 8, 1986 |
What are we doing with our trash? "We eat ours. Just kidding," said Mary Dankanis, coordinator of Northern Liberties Neighbors. Dankanis was waxing eloquent about how her riverfront neighborhood was coping with the trash problem brought on by the seven-day-old city workers' strike. "The people in Northern Liberties are so astute that they have the courtesy to keep trash inside. I just know they're not putting it on the curb and that's all I care about. " Dankanis could afford to joke about the resourcefulness of her neighbors in handling their trash.
January 16, 1992 |
Upper Merion Township residents have been telling the township they are worried about their trash - more particularly, who collects it. Over the last two weeks, residents have sent the township bundles of postcards expressing support for and opposition to the current collection system, Township Manager Ronald G. Wagenmann said Monday night. The postcards were delivered to all township houses by Browning Ferris Industries Inc. (BFI), which handles about 80 percent of the township's trash collection and recycling, said Mark Saleski, BFI district manager.
January 7, 1992 |
Gov. Casey plans to talk trash today. And only trash. An advisory released yesterday notifying the media about an appearance by the governor at which he would propose new trash-disposal legislation carried an unusual cautionary note: "The proposed legislation is the only issue to be discussed. " In other words, the governor's public relations staff didn't want reporters asking about other subjects, which they almost always do. Casey's press secretary, Vincent P. Carocci, who gave instructions that the note be included in the news release, said no one was trying to control the media.
September 11, 1986 |
Specifications for Rockledge Borough's new trash removal contract are to be available to contractors today. The current contract with TDS of Feasterville expires Jan. 20, 1987. Bids for the contract will be opened at the Borough Council's Oct. 13 meeting. There are two main differences between the new specifications and the 1983 contract, according to council president Joseph Costello. The new specifications call for a two-year contract instead of three because Montgomery County expects to have a trash-to-steam plant in operation in nearby Plymouth Township by 1989.
September 17, 1989 |
Delran's "voluminous" problems with a contracted, private trash-hauling firm may be over soon, said Mayor Richard Knight. A new contract with National Waste Disposal Inc., of Trenton, calls for weekly collection for the township's 3,500 residences to start Oct. 2. National's bid of $187,632 was the lowest offered. Pemberton and Westampton currently have trash-removal contracts with National. Delran's yearlong contract with Intra-City Waste Removal Inc. was notable for complaints of late collection, sloppy collection, spilled collection, no collection and once - a resident told the Township Council - a $2 bribery for collection, township officials said.
September 3, 1987 |
The wife of a Detroit city official laughed uproariously when she heard that Mayor Goode had named Detroit as one of the cities where the nation's mounting trash crisis was being successfully battled by private contractors. She said Detroit had its problems, but she would not elaborate. Her husband could not be reached for comment, nor could Detroit Mayor Coleman Young. But a spokesman for Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which numbers among its members Detroit city employees who staged a bitter 21-day strike last year, said last night that no private trash contracting was done there.