Trucking companies are, understandably, quite angry about this week’s announced crackdown on garbage haulers using back roads in the Finger Lakes to get to upstate landfills. Will the downstate municipal garbage authorities ever figure out that it might be cheaper (if slower) to haul trash to Seneca Falls via the Erie Canal system? (Not to mention greener?)

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  1. Simon St.Laurent

    You know, it might make sense for the truckers to pass the increased costs on to their customers. The customers pretty well knew that would happen, which is why the Assembly was so opposed to this. Since it’s a state regulation, everyone’s in the same boat, so there shouldn’t be a way for their customers to dodge that bullet, except maybe by producing less garbage.

    The truckers’ problem isn’t this issue specifically – it’s that they keep getting squeezed in the middle by people who don’t want to pay much for transportation, and hope that they can take that hope out on the truckers.

  2. mary

    I read the link you included — two things stand out.

    Designating Rt 79 a backroad — you have got to be kidding! Can someone tell me how I can get to Ithaca on an interstate ? This is where I see the garbage trucks and they have NJ plates.

    The trucker in the article is from Hudson Falls — somewhere in the Adirondack region. I don’t know whose trash he is hauling but I doubt he is making runs to metro NY. He is likely hauling Adirondack trash. The Adirondack Park has *no* landfills. They have transfer stations with trucks parked — this is where you dump your household garbage. The trash customers are not rich people and pay high prices already. As gas goes up, their price per pound will go up.

    I am being sarcastic, but it almost seems like all the landfills will have to be relocated for truckers to really follow the rules here. How about a new landfill for all the unwanted trash in Binghamton, NY — lots of large uncrowded and free interstates. At least, they are free now — but maybe they, too will become toll roads.

    Telling people to make less garbage as Simon says is not the solution. Instead, the rich people will pay more and the poor will use burn barrels.

  3. Simon St.Laurent

    No, you can’t get to Ithaca via Interstate Highway. But this isn’t about “designating 79 a backroad” – it’s about designating places where long-distance garbage haulers can drive. 79 will still have all of its usual traffic, just minus the garbage trucks in particular.

    The vast majority of this trash is not coming from the Adirondacks, even at the peak of tourist season. The bulk of this trash is coming from the New York Metro area. New York City residents have actually shown that they’re pretty good at reducing the amount of trash they create over time, and the city’s done a lot of work on recycling as well, which doesn’t get trucked through here. They aren’t likely to turn to burn barrels.

    Perhaps, as NYCO’s suggested a few times, the right answer is for this traffic to leave trucks altogether for its long-distance travels, and go by a cheaper route: the canal system. They might even be heading there.

    And for local trash on a smaller scale, sure – it probably does make sense to look at local dumps again, especially as fuel prices keep climbing. Every town pretty much used to have one.

    And life’s looking lousy for truckers generally, though because of fuel costs and not strictly because of this:

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