City Urges Solid Waste Authority: “Trash” Plan to Import Trash
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and Commissioner Keith James urged the Solid Waste Authority not to move forward with a plan to import trash into the county.
June 11, 2014
(West Palm Beach, FL) – “Really!? Really!? Ten dollars a year? Is it worth it?”
That was the question posed by West Palm Beach Commissioner Keith James to Board members at the Solid Waste Authority.
James, together with West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio addressed the Board opposing a plan to import garbage from outside Palm Beach County.
“The question is whether the cost benefits of this proposal really outweigh what are some detrimental quality of life issues, including increases in truck traffic and increases in the risk of odors to neighboring communities,” said Commissioner James.
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Several months ago, the City of West Palm Beach Commission passed a resolution officially opposing the idea of allowing trash to be trucked in from out of the county to be processed at the SWA’s facility.
The County has said that the trash importation would save residents approximately ten dollars per year, an amount that Mayor Muoio says simply is not worth it.
“It’s a quality of life issue. We want to maintain the quality of life that we all enjoy,” said Muoio. “It’s not enough money to warrant the cost. It means 83 cents a month to a taxpayer, and for that we are going to bring in pharmaceutical waste, animal waste from Georgia? It’s not worth it.”
The city already is required to pay for extra crews to patrol the roads around the SWA facilities, picking up trash that flies off the trucks already heading to the facility. Mayor Muoio said increasing the number of trucks would only increase the trash on the roads and the taxpayer expense to clean it up.
COMMENTS BY MAYOR MUOIO AND COMMISSIONER JAMES TO THE SWA BOARD:
COMMENTS BY MAYOR MUOIO AND COMMISSIONER JAMES TO REPORTERS:
Following the comments by both Muoio and James as well as a room full of residents opposed to the idea, the SWA Board (comprised of members of the County Commission) voted to move forward with the idea.
The County will issue a call for proposals from the public to import the trash from out of the county. Both James and Muoio say they will continue to oppose the idea.