Mayor?s sanitation plan will cut down on traffic and trash in the south Bronx
Truck traffic and trash are two things many south Bronx residents say are overloading their community. If the City Council, however, adopts Mayor Bloomberg?s (R-NY) new sanitation plan, the problems may get better. The new plan will eliminate 100,000 garbage truck trips in and out of the Bronx each year. Under the current plan, trash is collected from all of New York City and brought to a transfer station in the Bronx, where it sits until another truck transfers the garbage to a landfill.The new plan calls for transfer stations to be built throughout the city, so all the garbage does not get hauled into the Bronx. Critics, however, say the plan will cost the city an estimated $500 million over the next five years. Bloomberg says the 20-year plan will pay for itself over time. The mayor has indicated he'd like to see the plan, which will not stop private trash companies from operating in the Bronx, in place by 2007. The City Council is scheduled to have a hearing on the plan March 30.