Wednesday, January 6, 2010

"Colorado landfills: not enough trash"

Odd News:

"Colorado landfills: not enough trash"

(UPI) -- Some landfill operators in Colorado say the recession is causing budget cuts, increased fees and layoffs due to a shortage of their only resource -- trash.

At six landfills owned by Waste Management of Colorado, including one of the state's largest in Denver, trash loads have decreased up to 25 percent, The Denver Post reported Saturday.

Most recent figures released by The Environmental Protection Agency reported 5 million fewer tons of garbage went to landfills in 2008 than in 2007, the newspaper said. Americans tossed out 4.5 pounds of garbage per person daily in 2008, down from 4.63 pounds the year before, the EPA said. Figures for 2009 are not yet available

"I can tell you it's been a really bad year. Our people have really been hurting," said Tom Metzger, spokesman for the National Solid Wastes Management Association. "I don't know that it's ever been this bad."

In Aspen, a decline in winter visitors is adding to the problem.

"In our case, it's tourism that generates the most trash, and there are fewer people here," Pitkin County waste manager Chris Hoofnagle said.

Song of the Day:
Colt Ford - No Trash In My Trailer

(I do not own this news story,song or video,only the idea of putting them together)

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