Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Detroit's Future without a trash incinerator

Detroit City Council Environmental Task Force Approves Future Solid Waste Plan

On January 12, 2007 the Detroit City Council Environmental and Recycling Task Force, chaired by councilwoman Joann Watson, approved a report creating a framework for the future of Detroit's solid waste management. The plan calls for closing Detroit's trash incinerator in 2009 when the heavy debt burden of bonds are paid. The report emphasizes the creation of jobs and improvements in public health through pollution prevention by implementing a comprehensive recycling program. According to Waste News, Detroit is the only city of the thirty largest cities in the United States that does not have any form of curb-side recycling. The report conservatively estimates that a 50% recycling rate in Detroit would likely result in creating more than 1,000 new jobs in the city of Detroit.

For more information and a copy of the report see:

Urge the Full Detroit City Council to endorse the report's conclusions:

Council President Ken Cockrel, Jr., 313-224-4505

Council President Pro-tem Monica Conyers, 313-224-4530

Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, 313-224-4535

Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel, 313-224-1337

Councilwoman Barbara-Rose Collins, 313-224-1298

Councilman Kwame Kenyatta, 313-224-1198

Councilwoman Alberta Tinsley-Talabi, 313-224-1645

Councilwoman Martha Reeves, 313-224-4510

Councilwoman Brenda Jones, 313-224-1245

Brad van Guilder, Ph. D.
Community Organizer

Ecology Center
117 North Division Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1580

(734) 663-2400 ext 114

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