4 Garbage Plans All Have Unpalatable Parts

How to get rid of New York City's garbage -- one of the most complicated and costly problems facing the Bloomberg administration -- is made all the more difficult by the many and often competing political considerations, all of which will come into sharp relief today when city officials begin to present the mayor's 20-year sanitation plan to the City Council. On the one hand, the mayor says he seeks to create a policy that is both environmentally friendly and fair to all boroughs. On the other hand, the price of accomplishing that is not cheap, and his plan would bring new problems, including pollution, noise and truck traffic, to some neighborhoods because it calls for the city to reopen transfer stations that have been shuttered for more than three years.

By IAN URBINA

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