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Trailblazers: Portland Cuts MSW by 43%

05 Jul 2012 12:03 PM | Anonymous

The Wall Street Journal reported on June 27 that the City of Portland, Ore. has achieved dramatic reductions in municipal trash thanks to a focus on mixed organics recycling at the household level.

The article entitled Portland Puts New Twist on Trash Pickup, says Portland has abolished weekly trash collection due to the dramatic reduction in trash, almost 25 fewer truckloads per day.

Portland is expected to save money over time, city managers say, because the cost of disposing "green" trash (via composting) can be as much as $40-per-ton cheaper than processing landfill trash.

The article link above also includes a video.



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