Waste Disposal Rate Remains Low Amid Accelerating Economy

SACRAMENTO – Despite an improving economy in which more material is being produced, bought, and consumed, Californians remain vigilant about keeping waste out of landfills.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) announced today that Californians disposed an average of 4.4 pounds of solid waste per person per day in 2013, representing little change over the previous year. By holding steady on disposal during a period of growth, Californians continue to demonstrate a commitment to habits that support the state’s waste reduction and resource conservation goals.

“A stronger economy brings a tougher challenge to our efforts to reduce waste, and California’s response has been commendable,” CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen said. “There’s every reason to believe we can maintain a balance between our economy and environment. With an ongoing commitment and new measures that strengthen our campaign to reduce, reuse, and recycle our discards, we aim to preserve sustainability as we experience growth.”  Read Full Release