City of West Palm Beach opposes proposal to import trash into Palm Beach County

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The City of West Palm Beach opposes a proposal from the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County that would import trash into suburban West Palm Beach, Mayor Jeri Muoio said on Wednesday.

The trash, which would be imported from Broward, Miami-Dade and other counties, would be burned at a renewable energy facility that is expected to open in 2015, the Solid Waste Authority has said.

"We have communities that are going to be impacted by that," Muoio said.

Earlier this year, the Solid Waste Authority said the imported trash could generate as much as $45 million and help lower garbage rates for Palm Beach County residents by as much as $10 annually.

The imported trash, which would be incinerated, would generate power for as many as 57,000 homes and reduce the amount of trash in area landfills by as much as 85 percent, the Solid Waste Authority has said.

"The Solid Waste Authority would benefit from the increased revenue," Paulette Burdick, a Palm Beach County Commissioner said. "Personally, I don't think this is a road that I want to go down. I think importing trash from other communities is not a wise idea."

On Thursday, the Solid Waste Authority said it would discuss the impact of the proposal on local neighborhoods during a meeting at the West Palm Beach City Center.

The meeting begins at 5:30pm in the Flagler Gallery.

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