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Californians Now Recycle Half of Their Trash (Today trash,Tomorrow,Politicians! California Dreamin')
LA Times ^ | 8/25/06 | Amanda Covarrubias

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; californians; landfills; recycle; trash
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To: Uncledave

"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.

21 posted on 08/25/2006 12:06:20 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: ElkGroveDan

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.

22 posted on 08/25/2006 12:11:27 PM PDT by Gail Wynand (Power is only proportionate when it is sufficient to overcome the aggressor.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Seems like in Dallas, many just use the roadside.

23 posted on 08/25/2006 12:15:47 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: ErnBatavia
Wish I could find the link to that recycling vanity of mine from a couple of years ago where all the enviro-Freepers came unglued at me.
24 posted on 08/25/2006 12:27:24 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: MrNeutron1962
My wife and her family have made a small fortune in the recycling business. It was started in the 1920's by her grandfather (Tin cans and Rags) today they employ over 200 people and recycle Paper, plastic, metal, glass, construction waste, you name it. The place is a wonder, and all built on other people unwanted trash.

Fantastic. I love capitalist opportunities. It's when government orders me to provide free labor to assist your wife's business that I object.

25 posted on 08/25/2006 12:31:08 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: Toby06

Just google for "landfill" and "shortage". The last paragraph of the first link is:

We not only have vastly larger landfills, we are not only putting less in them, we also use them more efficiently. A given amount of landfill space will hold about 30 percent more content today than in the past.

Waste companies and municipalities, says the Times are "burying trash more tightly, so that each ton takes up less space, increasingly using giant 59-ton compacting machines guided by global positioning systems that show the operator when he has rolled over a section of the dump enough times. They cover trash at the end of the day, to keep it from blowing away, with tarps or foam or lawn clippings instead of the thick layers of soil that formerly ate up dump capacity." (See: Rumors of a Shortage of Dump Space Were Greatly Exaggerated, August 12, 2005)

The EPA is surely welcome to publish its charts and diagrams, but how about some context? Why not plainly tell the public how consolidation, technology and recovery have changed landfill economics -- and that landfill capacity has increased while the amount of stuff we place in landfills has declined?

26 posted on 08/25/2006 1:27:26 PM PDT by ROTB (Our Constitution ... only for a moral and religious people... -- John Q. Adams, October 11, 1798)
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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.

27 posted on 08/25/2006 1:46:20 PM PDT by Toby06 (The 'Holier than thou" types who call women sluts and whores are just pure psuedo-Christian trash.)
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To: Toby06

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.

28 posted on 08/25/2006 4:13:06 PM PDT by ROTB (Our Constitution ... only for a moral and religious people... -- John Q. Adams, October 11, 1798)
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To: Minnesoootan

hear, hear

29 posted on 09/18/2006 10:37:38 AM PDT by lmailbvmbipfwedu
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