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.
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"Aside from metal, do they have a profitable market for the other products w/out govt subsidies?"
Most of it winds up in the landfill because the recycling centers can't sell the trash.
I won't buy recycled paper products, they are poor quality and cost more than fresh stock plus it costs more to recycle than making it from trees. Most of the trees used in paper are waste product from mills and trees that aren't sutible for lumber to start with.
in a word, "Rubbish!"
They have no idea how much actual recycling is taking place.
These reports are based upon the grossest manipulation of unreliable statistics and bureaucratic estimates.
The reality is they have browbeat a majority of businesses and homes into participating in "recycling". The ratio of recycled to disposed residential waste in my county is about 25/75 based upon what is left at curbside each week.
The ability of the average household to actually classify waste between the different containers is unmeasured and probably fairly low.
Seems like in Dallas, many just use the roadside.
Fantastic. I love capitalist opportunities. It's when government orders me to provide free labor to assist your wife's business that I object.
Just google for "landfill" and "shortage". The last paragraph of the first link is:
You claimed they get stuff to decompose more quickly. Nothing you wrote describes that.
I am a civil engineer, and would be very interested in how they get stuff to decompose more quickly during the filling operation, where it would make a difference.
Google for "landfill decomposition acceleration OR accelerated", and start digging.
I'm out of work, so if you'd like a research assistant, and pay well, let me know. Seriously.
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