SAN DIEGO (AP)— Californians reduced the amount of trash sent to landfills to a record low last year.

State recycling officials tell U-T San Diego that state residents and businesses together discarded an average of 4.3 pounds of garbage per day.

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That’s down from 4.4 pounds in 2011.

By comparison, CalRecycle Spokesman Mark Oldfield says the state used to dump 8 pounds a day in 1989, the year the state’s Integrated Waste Management Act went into effect.

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In part, curbside recycling programs and less consumption are being credited with the decline.

But the collapse of the housing bubble in 2007 also meant less construction and less waste produced as a result.

Officials say organic waste, like food scraps and lawn trimmings, make up most of the state’s waste.

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