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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Trash Hauler Recology's Plan to Dump Trash in Nevada Desert Sparks Protests

Recology, a San Francisco trash company, has met strong resistance from local residents for its latest project to build a 560-acre landfill in Nevada's Winnemucca and about 30 miles from the playa where Burning Man, which is an annual festival popular with San Francisco residents, is held every year. If approved, Recology would ship some 4,000 tons of trash from Northern California to Nevada by train five days a week for 95 years.

The firm claims that the site is in the middle of nowhere, and would not affect nearby communities, residents like Jim French and other members of Nevadans Against Garbage are strongly opposed to the plan. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has joined the fray. He sent a letter to Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons urging him to reject the plan as an affront to Nevada’s dignity. Other protesters have expressed their concerns about pollution of the air and water.
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