Dallas Should Go With the Flow Control

The sweet smell of money covers up garbage's stink.

Go with the flow: How about that? City council member Carolyn Davis said something Buzz agrees with. Either it's time our doc adjusted our meds, or Davis actually made sense at a recent hearing on "waste flow control" when she said: "[Trash has] been going there for 50 years and nobody said anything about it. Two of my swimming pools are about to get closed. I got potholes. ... I think we need the money for this city."

Davis was talking about city staff's proposal to require private trash haulers to tote all the refuse they collect in Dallas to city-owned facilities instead of private landfills outside city limits. Staffers are selling the plan with high-flying talk of trash at McCommas Bluff Landfill becoming a future treasure, thanks to advanced recycling and trash-to-energy conversion. (The city claims it already makes $1.6 million in royalties from selling methane created by decomposing garbage at McCommas.) Someday, they say, garbage will be golden.

Yeah, we know. Sounds like so many sailboats and solar-powered water taxis on Trinity Lake downtown — by which we mean the usual someday-soon City Hall razzle-dazzle that comes when they're selling something smelly.

Totally unnecessary in this case, since they had us, and apparently Davis, at $15 to $18 million. That's about how much the city expects to collect annually in new "tipping fees" — money paid to dump a load of trash — from private waste haulers serving commercial and multifamily buildings. The haulers don't like that, and neither will their customers when added costs are passed on to them. Some people who live near McCommas don't like flow control, because it would mean more garbage trucks rumbling through their neighborhoods and a much bigger pile of trash at the landfill. The NAACP doesn't like it, because all that trash from white northern neighborhoods will be rolling into a predominantly black, less affluent part of town. Words like "environmental justice" and "ghost taxes" have entered the city council debate over flow control, which continues at the end of this month.

Buzz is generally down with environmental justice, but these days, whose political convictions can stand up to several million in cold hard plunked on the table? Bucks for a cash-strapped city? Woo-hoo, let's fill some of Davis' potholes. Ghost taxes are about all we can raise these days, so thanks for taking another one for the team, southern Dallas. We owe you — again — but we promise to repay you. Someday. Real soon.

 
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dequallian
dequallian

you — again — but we promise to repay you. Someday. Real soon

dequallian
dequallian

you — again — but we promise to repay you. Someday. Real soon

dequallian
dequallian

say real girls ain't never perfect, perfect girls ain't never real.

dequallian
dequallian

Niggas Talk a lot of shit but thats after we’re gone cuz they fear us the the physical form let it be known we troublesome......

Johnny
Johnny

"The NAACP doesn't like it, because all that trash from white northern neighborhoods will be rolling into a predominantly black, less affluent part of town."

But its ok for the reverse to happen?

We need to cutoff ALL HANDOUTS!

Warran
Warran

Maybe South Dallas should look at this as finally making a contribution to the city. Think about it. Where do all the taxes for the handouts come from? The south? I don't think so. North Dallas pays all the taxes, and South Dallas takes all the handouts. If you looked at how much people give vs take, South Dallas still owes a bunch more.

Flakfan
Flakfan

The real "garbage" of Dallas is between IH30, IH35 and IH45 to IH20. I've seen it change in the last 30 years from being a part of a very beautiful landscape to a complete "Hood" in the truest sense. The people there only want to piss an moan and expect a handout. They don't have enough self image and pride to change their own neighborhoods from being a "Hood". It isn't politically correct to make this statement, but it IS a fact.

Quwwa Davis
Quwwa Davis

As a long time resident in the Southern Dallas area I can truly say that this area hasn't seen anything but trash come this way to begin with. Starting with the prison in the early 90's which was sold to us as "if you let us build a prison here it will create jobs and you'll be closer to your relatives." Now we have alcohol being sold here and to top it off, this area still does not have a grocery to serve the people. Again the city shows its true concerns about this area, especially since at the moment it does not generate sufficient tax revenue to have any real concern about it. Gentrification rears its ugly face again..

Seenitallbefore
Seenitallbefore

Southern Dallas gets little or nothing from flow control. It will not produce the huge dollars the staff has claimed and will require an investment of $5 million in city funds just to get started. Add in the high cost of the lawsuits that will be filed to stop flow control (which is what happened when El Paso tried to impose it recently) and you have a classic lose-lose situation with Southern Dallas on the short end of the stick.

TimCov
TimCov

Great idea. Here's some other ideas:1. To increase revenues, require everyone in the Dallas City limits to only drink beverages made with Dallas City water. No bottled water (unless it was bottled in Dallas with tap water). No prepackaged sodas, teas, beer or anything else, unless it was made in Dallas with Dallas water.2. To increase revenues, Dallas libraries will start selling and renting out books, magazines and papers. The only place people in Dallas will be able to get any printed material is through a Dallas City Library.

DART also needs more money. We will ban cars, motorcycles and bicycles in Dallas (this includes taxis). We will also tear out all of the sidewalks. Your only option to go any distance is to ride DART.

C'mon people. I know there are plenty of other monopolies the Dallas City Council can legislate so that the city can make money off of them.

adbongo
adbongo

The city needs to first set a goal of zero waste (like the capitol did in 2008), after this the community will learn about the benefits of reuse.

Per 10,000 tons of waste

Landfill, 1 jobRecycling, 10 jobsReuse, 75-250 jobs

Yes that's right reuse is the answer to jobs and building our country back. Ask your council person to set a goal of zero waste. Mimicking nature is the only way to true sustainability (there is no waste in nature).

replay
replay

'Sounds like "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today".

Eduardo
Eduardo

The reverse doesn't happen. And this isn't talking about "handouts." Reading comprehension is such a valuable tool.

Duc Garcia
Duc Garcia

Monique wahts godo for the less affluent is doble good for the more affluent! After all all waste is equal.

Duc Garcia
Duc Garcia

Rigth on Quwwa Davis. Now we justhave to elect some people who want sacre off the business...........

STFU
STFU

There isn't a grocery store because no company can afford the security that would be required to keep loss from theft to an acceptable level.

Retail is not a "right". Fact is that when South Dallas has enough self-control to behave properly, retail will respond by opening stores.

 
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