Petition Tag - waste management

1. No Mouth Goes Unfed Law

This proposed law, is to help eliminate waste, while helping feed local homeless citizens in the area, and encouraging them to help pitch in to the shelters’ resources. “Every year, the United States throws away one-third of all the produces. 133 billion pounds of food. And grocery stores are responsible for tossing 10% of that food” (Harrison Jacob, 15 Oct 2014). That’s 11.1 billion pounds every month, or 37 million a day, which comes out to 740,000 pounds per day by each state. So what the solution? My proposition would be a no waste law; starting at grocery stores and eventually moving its way to the citizens. I propose that all grocery stores, donate all ‘consumable waste’ nightly to local homeless shelters. After the food is taken to homeless shelters it would then be sorted out, and if the food is truly bad, have the homeless shelter use that food to make compost to either use in a shelters garden or sell back to the public to help the shelter make a little extra money.
The underlining question here is, how does one logistically plan this out where the expense is worth the effort? Because right away I can tell you, no business wants to make an extra expense to ‘take out the trash’, especially when the dumpster is right outside. Well in order to make something better, it has to start somewhere. One organization had already paved the way for this motion and I think we can expand on it. Below is an excerpt from the Starbuck community page on their mission and the scale value it went to helping the cause.
“In the spirit of Our Mission and Values, partners across the country advocated for a solution to donate unsold food to the communities we serve. Through a new and unique strategic partnership with Feeding America, we will rescue 100% of food available to donate from all of our U.S. stores, positioning Starbucks as the sector leader in food rescue” (, Foodshare).
How has this act of kindness made things better? 50 million meal will be provided annually, and 60 million pounds of food will be diverted from the landfills (, Foodshare). If one organization can make an impact this big, image if it became mandatory, and the larger list of achievements on a wider scale.
So how much is the cost? Doing the math I found a truck company’s average pricing, is by the mile; which came out to $2.17. I then calculated the average amount of miles between each shopping center and the nearest shelter (6 grocery stores all with-in 3.5 miles of each other and the nearest shelter) which comes out to $7.59 a day which is $227.85 monthly. Then add drivers charge and hourly (or salary for this case) which is an additional $4,699.50 for the driver; plus the $227.85= $4927.35, divided by the 6 shelters is an average expense of $821.30 a store. So the delivery cost of this kind act truly is inexpensive, and just like Starbucks to save money the truck would stop at all the grocery stores on the way, instead of having a truck per store. How is an ‘extra expense’ really that bad when you can help out the local struggling population? According to, in 2015 alone 43.1 million people were in poverty in the United States, 24.4 million of those people were ages 18-64, 14.5 million of those people were children under the age of 18, and 4.2 million were seniors 65 and older. We have to come together and help the community. They say we are only as strong as the weakest link. The limits of this world is in our own hands, the more we resist to help each other, the more we are resisting for a better world to live in.

2. Upgrade Recycling Facility and Bins on Cairns Marina

As we all know the amount of people who pass through Marlin Marina is now in the 1000's.
The waste facilities in place are now outdated and literally overflowing.
We need recycle bins along the wharf asap to help ease the congestion
that goes on board vessels, then ends up in either the compactor or overflowing bins at the back of reef fleet terminal.
We need action to prevent less rubbish entering the water due to bin overflow.
This in-turn also helps our waste footprint that is effecting our marine environment.

3. Say NO to Waste Management's permit renewal

Waste Management abandoned their facility over 2 years ago, leaving it an eyesore and a health and safety risk to children and residents.

They now want to renew their permit to haul garbage to our town, which would allow Waste Management to haul up to 900 tons of garbage a day to Hillsdale, without even providing a tipping fee.

Hillsdale is no dump! If you do not want garbage, trucks and traffic, please sign this petition and support the Hillsdale Council in it's fight to stop the renewal of Waste Management's permit.

4. Vision for Kernaham

We are petitioning for better Infrastructure and better Waste Management for the people of Kernaham.

There are a number of small, medium and large businesses in the area and we feel like we deserve better roads and services.

5. We Demand a Better Waste Management System in Dhaka!

Dhaka is one of the most polluted cities in the world! The government must take necessary actions immediately to minimize pollution and develop a greener environment! Please support us in this endeavor!

1. 10% of garments factories with international contracts do not have waste treatment plants - which means they should lose their contracts as all international clothing chains require these.

2. More than 50% of factories which actually have waste treatment plants only use them during inspections, as they are very expensive to run.

3. International chains have policies whereby they announce inspections to the factories beforehand - these factories take full advantage of these policies to make sure they get away with fake standards.

4. Local workers for international chains take bribes to help make inspections easier.


* 8,000 grabbers identified so far
* 1,000 acre land grabbed
* 60 percent pollution caused by industries
* 82 percent human excreta from city directly discharged in rivers
* Rivers almost biologically dead

6. Stop Waste processing plant in Manvers

If you have signed the paper based one, then please do not sign this on-line version as only one of the votes can count.

Manvers area has suffered a lot from industrial pollution in the past. The area is a lot cleaner now. The proposed plant will compromise that. It must be stopped for a number of reasons.

Such as negative health effects, air pollution, increase in traffic, it is to be located in a valley, which is prone to flooding, incompatible usage next to traspenine trail, it will be an eye sore. Please sign, thank you.

7. Stop the Southwest Brooklyn Garbage Transfer Station

The garbage transfer station is slated for the site of the now dismantled Southwest Brooklyn Municipal Incinerator, which burned garbage from all over the City without a permit for thirty years, poisoning our health with dioxins, lead, mercury, cadmium and other toxins, and polluting Gravesend Bay. The community suffered greatly from that incinerator; many residents developed cancers, lung ailments, and compromised immune-related diseases that were linked directly to the burning of that garbage. In the 1990s, the community mobilized against the incinerator, filed successful lawsuits and shut it down for good. Today on that very same site (Shore Parkway & Bay 41st Street, off of 26th Avenue), the City wants to build a major Garbage Transfer Station that will process up to 4,290 tons of noxious garbage each day.

The proposed garbage transfer station will require repeated dredgings of Gravesend Bay. This will churn up the toxic pollutants from the incinerator ash that had settled on the Bay bottom and are now covered by mud.

Because of the shortcomings (or intentional negligence) of the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Environmental Impact Study, environmental groups working with State Assembly Representative William Colton were forced to commission their own study of the metals on the Bay’s bottom. Dr. Peddrick Weis of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, working in conjunction with Rutgers University, analyzed the silt samples. He reports that he found high levels of mercury and lead, prompting the NY Daily News to term the Bay a “soup of toxins.” The study didn’t even test for other contaminants like PCBs and PAHs, nor did the researchers dig further into the ground where we expect to find much higher levels of toxins.

Why didn’t the authorities do their own studies? Why didn’t their Environmental Impact Statement address these extreme dangers? We call upon the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation to reject NYC’s application to use this site for a garbage transfer station as the proper studies for heavy metals and organic content such as PAHs and PCBs have not been done.

When the contaminants are exposed, they will poison fish. Fish move around. Even fish caught miles off shore may be full of toxins. When we eat these fish, the poisons enter our bodies. The mostly poor folks who fish every day in Coney Island and along the shore of Gravesend Bay to put food on their families’ tables will be poisoned.

The newly approved Solid Waste Management Plan hopes to reduce total truck mileage in the City overall, but it does so at the expense of concentrating hundreds and hundreds of trucks every day in residential neighborhoods. In Bensonhurst, this means that additional hundreds of garbage trucks will come barreling down Cropsey Avenue and already-gridlocked Bay Parkway and Shore Parkway every day. Not only will this result in even greater traffic congestion and accidents, but the fumes from the vast increase in dirty diesel-burning tugboats and trucks will jeopardize our health, leading to higher rates of asthma and other diseases. Any adequate long-term solid waste program must include a plan for a more environmentally friendly fleet of both municipally owned and private sanitation vehicles.

It is also important to recognize that:

● There is a boat marina next to the site that will likely be destroyed by the Garbage Transfer Station.

● There is a school for developmentally disabled children and a children’s amusement park literally right next to the site, and a junior high school nearby.

● There are 5 senior facilities within blocks of the proposed Garbage Transfer Station. Children and seniors in particular are most seriously threatened by the trucks, diesel particulates, and massive amounts of pesticides that will be applied in order to control the expected increase in rats, mosquitoes and other vermin.

● Dreier Offerman Park, the community’s main athletic/recreational facility, used by hundreds of young people and other community residents, and by St. Francis College, is located at the Gravesend Bay shoreline.

● All year long, many people make use of the shorefront. Thousands of people bicycle, run, picnic and stroll along the Bay. The Garbage Transfer Station would have a negative impact on their health and their ability to enjoy the waterfront.

Gravesend Bay is also nesting grounds for bird populations and foraging grounds for harbor seals, among other wildlife. The underwater site has been relatively undisturbed for over a decade, so natural sea-life populations have been able to flourish, making its one of the city’s most significant environmental habitats and an Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) for numerous species. The Sanitation Dept. has, by its own admission, confessed that it will be unable to contain the toxic silt when dredging occurs, because of the swift currents. These factors present a confluence of situations that make this case unique and make it imperative that the garbage transfer station not be sited at this location.

Environmental justice and equity is long due for working class communities like Gravesend, Bensonhurst and Coney Island. As a result of decades of effort by environmental groups and community residents, the City has spent millions of dollars to clean and restore the waterfront, including Coney Island Creek; the water and air are finally becoming cleaner. Harbor seals, peregrine falcons and a wide variety of marine life and birds have been spotted in Gravesend Bay. However, the proposed dredging and opening of this Garbage Transfer Station threaten to squander those environmental efforts, endanger the wildlife in the Bay and once again dump on our community a noxious nightmare of odors, vermin, pesticides, pollution and noise. We are acting now to protect and guarantee our own health and that of our children, and ensure the environmental quality long denied to our community.

We do not oppose all marine garbage transfer stations. Years ago, the City shipped out its garbage in that way before resorting to trucks. (There remain many problems associated with that method that have not been addressed, such as the fact that tugs using high sulfur fuel—the filthiest around—will pollute the waters and air). We are simply arguing that THIS PARTICULAR SITE is not appropriate.

There are other possible sites in non-residential areas—but the Department of Sanitation refused to consider them. Unfortunately, some environmentalists fell for the trap in which the City pits one neighborhood against another around the issue of who gets the transfer stations, when we all should be opposing their placement in ANY residential neighborhood.

The final approval of the siting of the Southwest Brooklyn marine transfer station is now before the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation. You helped clean up the Bay, now we’re asking that you help preserve it from the toxic effects that would result from dredging. We are asking you to do the following:

1) write to the New York DEC requesting that it hold public hearings in the neighborhood adjacent to the proposed site at a date and time convenient for residents;

2) sign onto this public letter inviting Environmental and Social Justice Groups to join in preventing the Southwest Brooklyn Garbage Transfer Station from opening;

3) participate in upcoming mass public meetings, such as the one in Bensonhurst on Thursday, January 25 at 7:30 pm, Shore Parkway Jewish Center, 8885 26th Avenue, between Cropsey and Harway Avenues, and

4) take action to make sure that the City does not place transfer stations in any residential area, near homes, schools and parks.

Initiated by,

- Mitchel Cohen, Coordinator, No Spray Coalition (against the indiscriminate spraying of toxic pesticides),
- Vicki Grubman, Wake Up and Smell the Garbage (local Bensonhurst group)
- Ludger K. Balan, Executive Director, Environmental Program, The Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy
- William Colton, Representative to the NY State Assembly (47 A.D.), Chair, Solid Waste SubCommittee
- Will Hershkowitz, Citizen, Brooklyn NY
- Lena Budanitsky, Wake Up and Smell the Garbage
- Vladimir Rubashkin, Wake Up and Smell the Garbage
- Mel Wolfson, Wake Up and Smell the Garbage
- David B. Mantell, Wake Up and Smell the Garbage; student member, Brooklyn College NYPIRG* (New York Public Interest Research Group)
- Mark Treyger, Jewish Community Centre of Bensonhurst*, President of the United Progressive Democratic Club, Brooklyn NY
- William Crain, Ph.D., Co-founder, Citizens for a Green Riverside Park; Professor of Psychology, The City College of New York
- Julian Melendez, President, The Environmental Club*, Kingsborough Community College
- Cathryn Swan, Recycle This!*
- Howard Brandstein, Exec. Director, Sixth Street Community Center, SOS Food
- Robb Ross, Brooklyn Greens / Green Party
- Linda Zises, Brooklyn Greens / Green Party
- Robert Gold, Brooklyn Greens / Green Party
- Carl Lawrence, Architectural Designer, Producer of GreenVision TV show

* Asterisked organizations for identification only

8. Inert Landfill in Center Park

Feb 26, 2006

This petition is now closed. Thanks to all who signed.

September 07, 2001

This land has been used as an Inert Waste Landfill for many years and we "the Citizen's of East Point, Georgia" want this operation stopped. This landfill in its present state is operating against the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Chapter 391-3-4-.06 (Solid Waste Management) rule.

The City of East Point has not provided any permit applications, Notification of Permit By Rule Operations, monitoring reports (391-3-4-.17), inspection reports or any other demonstrations of compliance of Chapter 391-3-4 (Solid Waste Management).