Dutchess County Incinerator Gets Thumbs Down

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Washington, DC, recently called the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency’s incinerator “a financial albatross on that county’” going from $1 million  in subsidies to $6 million in five years, with $32 million in current debt. (It seems that very little of that money went into developing a DCRRA website useful to the public.)

This story deserves more in-depth coverage than it’s getting in the local media. According to the article, “the county’s consultant looking at waste disposal has presented a draft report, which included a number of options ranging from continuing the RRA to creating a landfill, sending garbage out-of-county, and composting.”

2 Responses to Dutchess County Incinerator Gets Thumbs Down
  1. Bob Smith
    April 27, 2011 | 8:59 pm

    How about organizing a petition to stop the recycling center in Beacon? The net economic benefit will be very small, and perhaps even negative, since the local property values, and therefore taxes, will go down. Additionally, the increased load on the sewage treatment may cause a “tipping point” in which a whole new system will have to be built, at a tremendous cost to the taxpayers of Beacon. Not to mention the increased traffic, and most significantly, the diesel pollution.

  2. admin
    April 28, 2011 | 1:44 am

    Hello Bob. Not sure about the sewer issue, but I agree the cons seem to outweigh the pros in terms of economics and quality of life. Unfortunately, that project has already been approved–the Beacon city council even reversed a specific “no recycling” clause on that parcel.

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