NEW YORK — The burning of the nation's best-known trash began today after one-ton bales from the garbage barge Mobro were broken apart and inspected by workers in masks and white suits.
Environmental inspectors from the city and state probed the garbage with tiny rakes but found little more than paper, cardboard, wood and typical commercial garbage.
City Sanitation Commissioner Brendan Sexton predicted that the 3,186 tons of baled refuse will be burned into 400 tons of ash to be buried at Islip's Blydenburgh Road Landfill within two weeks.
The barge left New York on March 22 with commercial waste from Islip, New York City and Nassau County. The cargo was turned away from a private landfill in North Carolina before starting a 6,000-mile trip that brought rejections from six states and three countries.