How NIMBY Becomes BIO

In Tullytown, Pennsylvania, Waste Management Inc. quietly resolved opposition to the building and operation of a local trash dump by paying residents a per-household fee each year. This year's holiday-time check: $2,000 for each of roughly 600 property owners. A town official says the checks, which vary in size and have been distributed since 1988, dramatically cut protests over the dump, trash trucks rumbling through town, and the occasional unpleasant vapors. A case of cash turning "not in my back yard" to "bring it on!" Tullytown residents also get free trash pick up. Still, the practice is not uncontroversial, with municipal and environmental officials worrying that the money placates citizens into not thinking about future health and environmental impacts. Could this be the solution to other NIMBY problems?

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  • Tom

    Host fees are not new. What is somewhat innovative is that the fee in this case is paid directly to the residents, instead of to the local government. Waste Management could be viewed as just cutting out the middle man and letting the residents decide on how best to compensate themselves for their inconvenience.

    Doesn't the State of Alaska do the same sort of thing for their residents with oil revenues???

  • Wes

    This is definitely not the solution, it is only a small incentive to help residents of this community keep their blinders on and mouths shut. More than likely the amount of money they are receiving in order to look the other way is being off set by their declining property values.

    The same residents will be filing a law suit against this Waste Management Company as soon as their community begins developing health problems.