Skip to comments.Californians Now Recycle Half of Their Trash (Today trash,Tomorrow,Politicians! California Dreamin')
Posted on 08/25/2006 10:24:14 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
State officials announced Thursday that California has finally achieved its goal of reducing landfill waste by 50%, thanks to diligent recycling by residents and businesses.
The milestone culminates a 16-year campaign by the state to persuade people to separate recyclables out of the trash.
The state passed a landmark law in 1989 mandating that communities establish waste-management plans for residents and businesses that would ultimately divert at least 50% of all recyclable trash from landfills. California was supposed to reach the goal in 2000, but preliminary data released Thursday show that the goal wasn't reached until last year.
A total of 88 million tons of solid waste was recycled in 2005 for a 52% recycling rate, said Jon Myers, a spokesman for the state's Integrated Waste Management Board. In 2004, 76 million tons were recycled, or 48%.
Though some cities still lag behind, other communities that are now diverting 60% or more of their waste to recycling centers made up the difference.
Myers said the recycling push has achieved one of the intended effects: No new landfills have opened in California in a decade.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
Good Job, California!
I gave up the battle with my spouse and family and what is for tossed in what, I just toss as much in the recycle as I can when I can.
So will this guy credit energy conservation for the fact that nobody's building power plants?
The other half they put in movies as stars...........
I don't recycle anything,except the cardboard and junk mail I burn in my garage barrel stove....I won't recycle anything else until the City removes the recycling charge from my utility bill.
No mention is made of the fact that landfill owners are always finding new ways to make the garbage decompose faster, thus landfills never uh ... fill up.
Recycling will make sense when they start paying ME, for my garbage.
Newspapers are a huge environmental hazard. They consume millions of trees, which must be cut down using oil, gas, and diesel fuel. Then the trees have to be trucked and processed into paper, using more energy and polluting the air. Then the paper has to be trucked to the newspapers, who use still more energy printing millions of pages every day. Then the newspapers are delivered, using still more energy and polluting the air. Then the discarded papers have to be picked up by garbage or recycle trucks, using still more energy and polluting the air.
Congress should pass legislation limiting the size of newspapers to 10 pages a day. This would help save the world from global warming.
Aside from metal, do they have a profitable market for the other products w/out govt subsidies?
The sad part is the california citizens have to pay extra to have their waste recycled because the state (and cities) PAY recycling centers to take the waste. The recycling centers then SELL the waste to wholesales or recycle it themselves and then SELL the recycled materials to manufacturers! Only in California can the state take an assets and turn it into a money losing exercise.
I don't mind that, except for the fact that there's another collection truck that leaks it's hydraulics out front every week.
I must say, though, that the recycle can is two thirds or more full each week, where the regular trash container is well under a quarter.
World record ping response time!
So, how much money did it cost for this accomplishment? They never tell you that.
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