On Monday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez finally discovered the proper place for her policy proposals, and strangely enough, although she claimed she had never see one before in her whole amazing life, it was a place virtually every American out of New York City sees every single day.
The garbage disposal.
Yes, Ocasio-Cortez stumbled upon that ubiquitous and essential element of American households which was banned in New York City from the 1970s until 1997 but can be found in most homes around America, and her reaction, which she posted on Instagram, was typically parochial: ““This DC apartment is bougie and has things I’ve never seen before. Like what is a garbage disposal really for? Is it better or worse than throwing something in the garbage? More importantly why is it so loud and yelling at me?”
Ocasio-Cortez posted on Instagram: “Okay everyone, I need your help because I just moved into this apartment a few months ago and I flipped this switch and it made that noise and it scared the daylights out of me … I am told this is a garbage disposal, I’ve never seen a garbage disposal; I’ve never had one in any place I’ve ever lived. It is terrifying; I don’t know what to use it for or what its purpose is. Like food scraps? Like Is this environmentally sound? I don’t know.”
According to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s 1997 report, the initial ban in New York City was designed to “limit the direct discharge of raw organic wastes into water bodies surrounding the City during wet weather and to prevent possible deterioration of the City’s sewer system.” But in 1995, then-mayor Rudy Giuliani On September 22, 1995, Mayor Giuliani authorized the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct a 21- month pilot program to study the potential effects of allowing FWDs (food waste disposers) in combined sewer areas.
The study concluded, “The results show that in the decade after city-wide introduction of FWDs, increases in costs would be relatively small; approximately $4.1 million in 2005 (based on Queens and Manhattan data) for the most expensive nitrogen control measure. Measured against the estimated 1.525 billion dollar cost of maintaining the City’s water and sewer infrastructure, this represents a de minimis impact … If it is assumed that 38 percent of the City’s households are equipped with kitchen waste disposals in the year 2035, and that the average equipped household places 50% of the targeted food wastes into disposals (this rate is comparable to the current capture rate for recyclables), the Department would save $4 million in solid waste export costs at current disposal rates.”
CNBC reported in 2016, “ … food waste — and trash in general — are getting to be such big problems that pockets of many U.S. cities are having a difficult time managing rubbish on trash days …The garbage, in turn, takes more money and energy to transport to landfill space that’s also limited. This all partly explains why some U.S. cities have been trying out in-sink, electric garbage disposals as a way to reduce trash and transform food scraps into renewable sources of energy.”
If indeed, Ocasio-Cortez has never seen a garbage disposal before, that indicates that the woman who has overarching plans to remake America doesn’t get out much.