As Economy Struggles, Landfills Receive Less Trash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's an upside to the economy getting trashed: landfills around the state are receiving considerably less garbage.

At one of the nation's largest landfills in Puente Hills, about 17 miles east of Los Angeles, operators have seen a 30 percent drop in trash being delivered from neighboring municipalities.

San Francisco is throwing less into landfills than it has in three decades and in San Diego, disposal rates at the Miramar Landfill are also way down.

As the recession continues, people are buying fewer items, eating out less and construction waste has plummeted with the slowing housing market.

Part of the reduction in trash at landfills can be attributed to a state law calling for 50 percent of trash to be diverted from dumps, but officials says the recent decreases are largely the result of less consumption.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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