Dallas Aims to Become Zero-Waste City

This would surely help. Photo: Ajay Tallam
This would surely help. Photo: Ajay Tallam

Rudy Bush at the Morning News has an update on the city’s plan to become a zero-waste over the next 50 years, a plan that was derided when first raised a few years back. Seems now they’ve actually talked about it instead of just created a committee to talk about it, and then not meeting.

The plan sets clearer timelines for accomplishing key goals. A major one is getting apartments and businesses recycling regularly. This remains controversial. Apartments and businesses have their trash collected by private groups – not by the city. Many offer no recycling at all. Doing so would be expensive and difficult, many apartment owners say.

Under the plan, the city would slowly move toward a “universal recycling ordinance” requiring recycling be available for single-family homes, businesses and apartments or condominiums. At this point, the city is recommending businesses and apartments voluntarily recycle until 2019. Only then, if voluntary recycling isn’t at an acceptable level, would the city pass an ordinance requiring recycling.

What’s going to happen with all the trash? Options:

– Jerry Jones will sign it to a five-year deal to try and plug the holes in the Cowboys’ secondary.
– Melt it all down into a year-round ice-skating composite material, build an ice rink in every city park
– trash-magnetize Museum Tower, thus allowing a Super 8-like alien to build a spaceship with the trash and return to its home planet
– return the $91 million in federal funds earmarked for the Margaret McDermott Bridge and build the Calatrava elements with garbage
– dump it all in Fort Worth


  • Eric

    Hmmm. Maybe the FREE MARKET is trying to tell us something. Since nothing allocates resources more efficiently than a free market, maybe the market is telling us that it is wasteful to re-cycle? Maybe the cost of sorting/collection and reclamation is higher than the the value of resources recovered at this point ? If re-cycling made economic sense, nearly everyone would be doing it.
    States like California and New York have tried to legislate hundreds of feel-good initiatives like re-cycling and the result has been impoverishment, fleeing businesses, unemployment and other unintended consequences.
    So should Dallas (and Texas) begin the long march down the road of government mandated initiatives that have failed so spectacularly in the Blue-State models? Or should Dallas (and Texas) wait for the day when the free market determines that re-cycling has a net value beyond people “feeling good” about themselves?