NEWS: Landfills Hurting During Recession

NEWS: Landfills Hurting During Recession

Stephanie Kinnear
Apr 28, 2009

As it turns out, this recession is doing some good things for our planet and some bad (or good, depending on how you look at it) things for landfills. According to an article from the Associated Press, landfills are seeing far less trash coming in as consumers tighten their belts. As a result, many are laying off workers, reducing hours of operation, and raising fees...

Of course, less trash going to landfills is always good news. So it's interesting to read that the recession is having such a drastic effect on our consumption. According to a lanfdfill manager in Ohio, the amount of trash arriving at his facility has plummeted 30 percent from last year.

Apparently we're buying less, and we're getting rid of less.

From the article: Louis Johnston, an economist at the College of St. Benedict in Collegeville, Minn., said that during good economic times people spend about 1 percent of their consumption budget on repairs. During recessions, that jumps to 5 percent.

Interesting stuff ...

Read the full article here.

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