Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Getting to Wasteless in Washington

The state Department of Ecology just reported that, although the recycling rate remained the same at 43 percent of municipal waste in 2007, the amount of waste generated per person in Washington declined for the first time in six years.

According to Ecology's press release, Washingtonians averaged 7.9 pounds of waste per person each day in 2007, down from 8.0 pounds in 2006.

While that translates into 4 million tons of material recycled, that still leaves us with 5.3 million tons of waste sent to landfills.

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