Emptier Pockets Prove Good for the Environment

Posted: Sunday, 25 January 2009 2:55PM

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)  — There’s an upside to the economy getting trashed…landfills around the state are receiving considerably less garbage.

At one of the nation’s largest depositories in Puente Hills, about 17 miles east of Los Angeles, operators have seen a 30 percent drop in trash being delivered from neighboring municipalities. Disposal rates at the Miramar Landfill in San Diego are also way down.

Robert Reed, the public relations manager for Sunset Scavenger in San Francisco, said the tonnage of daily garbage and recycling produced in the city is down about five percent, and that much of that change has taken place in the last six months.

Reed said in addition to reduced personal consumption, construction waste has plummeted with the slowing housing market.

Also contributing to the reduction in trash at landfills – a state law calling for 50 percent of trash to be diverted from dumps.

The litter on the roadsides has not been decreased unfortunately.

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