#FBF: The business of trash

Compost of bananas, coffee grounds and egg shells. Photo by Danny Fulgencio
Photo by Danny Fulgencio

In April, we peaked inside the City of Dallas’ recycling facilities and practices to see just how green we really are.

What we found is that Dallas recycles less than most major cities, and that could have a detrimental impact on one of the city’s largest non-tax revenue sources, the McCommas Bluff Landfill. It’s filling up so rapidly that its life could end by 2062.

“If that happened, the city would have to consider whether to build a new landfill or pay to have our garbage shipped at high cost to a landfill elsewhere,” we reported.

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Located south of the Trinity River, the McCommas Bluff Landfill takes in almost 2 million tons of trash per year. In 2009, we did a deep dive (figuratively speaking, of course) into the landfill for a behind-the-scenes look at our city’s biggest money-maker.

Read the story here.

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