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.READ MORE: Police Dog Reportedly Bites 5-Year-Old Boy In Head
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.READ MORE: LAPD Officer Suspended After Resisting Arrest By Ventura County Deputies
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.MORE NEWS: Astros Face Booing Dodgers Crowd For First Time Since Cheating Scandal
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