Waste transfer deal makes for a grateful Joppa [Editorial]

It's been cause for celebration for some in the Joppa area for a couple of weeks, or least since the Harford County government announced that it had abandoned its controversial plans to build a trash transfer station in the community.

At the most recent Joppa Community Council meeting, there were congratulations all around after the county government announced it had reached an agreement with Baltimore County to allow Harford County trash to be taken to White Marsh. That agreement eliminates the need for a trash transfer station to be built on the former 22-acre Plecker property on Route 7 near its intersection with Route 152.

Harford County Councilman Dion Guthrie received the most praise from the group for the work he did on behalf of his home community to fight the proposal. But he wasn't the only one singled out.

"We're most grateful to [Guthrie] for helping us to alleviate the situation," Paula Mullis, the community council chairperson said, "but I think there's someone else you need to thank."

"I think you need to thank each one of yourselves," she added. "And I think that because we stood strong, we stood together and we stood united as one voice, and I think that we did it graciously, and we won..."

The community eventually won and should be proud of everyone's effort to get the word out to keep the trash station out. Organized opposition doesn't always succeed the way activists would like, but when it does, it's very gratifying to those who succeeded.

In Joppa, these days, there are some grateful people.

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