Officials at a Black college in Dallas, Texas are up in arms about a proposed city legislation that would require all trash collected in Dallas to be taken to a city landfill less than two miles from the university.

“No one wants to live close to a great big garbage dump,” Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell told an NBC affiliate in Dallas. “If they did, all the folks that are talking about doing it would put it in their neighborhood.”

Garbage haulers currently dump trash at the local McCommas Bluff Landfill or at sites in other cities.

City leaders say they can generate a profit by recovering methane from trash at the landfill and use new technology to convert the garbage into efficient fuel.

“This philosophy is truly a paradigm shift in how we’re looking at trash,” Dallas Sanitation Services Director Mary Nix told the news outlet. “We’re now seeing that trash has value. It’s no longer a nuisance.”

According to the news station, the city can bring in an extra $18 million through additional landfill charges from private garbage haulers.
But Sorrell says it’s not worth the risk.

“I’m incredibly offended by this,” he said. “I think, yet again, it’s another example, of the city not fully supporting this community.”

He wishes the city would put more effort into building a grocery store in the community, which is considered a food desert because the nearest supermarket is over six-miles away.

Requiring all haulers to dump at the local landfill could also double truck traffic near the school, too, he pointed out..
If enacted, the ordinance would take effect next year.