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THERE IS A SOLUTION TO the District’s garbage disposal wars (“Trash Cash Clash,” The District Line, 10/14). By modernizing the city’s facilities at Fort Totten and Benning Road, D.C. could properly handle its residential waste as well as the commercial waste collected by D.C.’s small hauling companies. This would cut costs, increase revenues, and preserve the 32 small minority hauling enterprises threatened with bankruptcy because of the lack of adequate solid-waste facilities. (More than 30 local haulers have already been forced out of business since 1991.)
Councilmembers William Lightfoot and Marion Barry have recently sponsored legislation that would finally move the city in this direction. The bill calls for a public/private joint venture that, if it incorporates existing workers and community development organizations, could be a big economic and environmental boon to the city.
President, Local Self-Reliance, Adams Morgan