Down economy means less trash

Oregonians are throwing out less garbage while increasing recycling habits.

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We can thank the economy for one thing: Due to a drop in construction and consumption, Oregon’s waste generation dropped 9 percent – the biggest decrease since tracking began in 1992.

The sharp economic downturn that began in summer 2008 drove down construction and the related disposal of heavy construction debris, DEQ officials said.

But the rate of garbage generation was down across all categories as consumers dialed back spending and tossed away less stuff. That’s an indicator of a downsized economy; it also means less consumption, a plus for the environment.

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