California’s making less garbage

Posted by Christine, June 9, 2011

Here’s another side effect of the recession: With people buying less, garbage cans in California are emptier these days.

The amount of trash hauled to landfills has dropped to its lowest level since the state began keeping track in 1989, according to preliminary figures compiled by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. California now has enough landfill space to last nearly 50 years.

In recent years, the industry and the state as a whole have made great strides in recycling and composting. The state currently diverts more than half of its trash from local landfills, a tenfold increase since 1989.