Houston-area environmental groups come out to oppose plans for a gasification plant which would burn the city’s trash.  Those groups say Houston shouldn’t go to the one-trash-bin approach, either, ending people’s separation of recycling items.  There were concerns when residents weren’t using the smaller bins, but Melanie Scruggs of Texas Campaign for the Environment says the bigger bins fixed that. 

“The success rate was only 22 percent,” Scruggs says, “but with the larger green bins, it’s already up to 62 percent.”

The 100-million dollar plan for the gasification plant is simple.  Burning trash will create even more problems.

“Where it calls for gasification,” she explains, “these are incineration technologies that run the risk of turning our trash into air pollution.”

City council member C.O. Brad Bradford thinks the 100-million for the gasification plant could be better spent elsewhere.

“The city has some other serious problems,” Bradford says, “streets, flooding, crime problems in some neighborhoods.”

The green groups delivered a letter to the mayor’s office yesterday afternoon.  Bradford thinks more discussion is good.

“I am one of those people who are concerned also,” he says, “and, I don’t think anything is imminent.  It may be a good idea to explore this.”