There may be one upside to the drastic drop in consumer spending. People are buying less, so they are throwing away less. And that means less trash and garbage in the nation’s landfills.
Take Virginia. A new report suggests landfill contributions dropped by more than ten percent last year.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
just released its 2009 solid waste report. Solid waste includes municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, vegetative and yard waste and other types of waste.
The RRSWMB landfill in Stafford
handled 108,000 tons of trash last year, up from 101,000 tons in 2008.
Overall, 200 landfills across the state disposed of 19.5 million tons last year -- about 2.5 million tons, or 11.4 percent, less than in 2008.
Of that amount, approximately 5.3 million tons of municipal solid waste came from out of state, a decrease of 1.3 million tons.
The District, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and North Carolina accounted for 97.5 percent of all waste received from out-of-state sources, the report said.