The Politics of Garbage

July 27, 2010  |  

(WSJ) — Of all the recent cuts to local budgets, one in particular is raising a stink: cutbacks in garbage collection.

In Livingston, N.J., residents now have to haul their trash to the curb themselves. A budget crisis in Yonkers led to a switch to once-a-week from twice-a-week trash pickups; after resident protests, it was switched back again. Even New York City is weighing charging for collection, an idea that has some city residents trashing City Hall.

“I think it’s just ridiculous,” said Michael Morrell, a retired public-school teacher in Staten Island. “Next thing, they’re going to start charging us for the fire department when we need to make a call.”

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