I noticed an insert that came with my HOA's trash bill. It was the Recology newsletter and one of the articles cite's a Wall Street Journal article that talks about major cities and how much of their trash is being diverted from landfill and re-used, recycled and used for compost. What is remarkable about this article is not that cities are working to reducing the trash that they generate. What is remarkable to me is the difference in results between the cities who have accomplished the best results: San Francisco (77%), San Diego (68%), Los Angeles (65%) and Chicago (45%) and the next four cities: Houston (26%), New York (26%), San Antonio (18%) and Phoenix (17%). It's terrific that so many cities are starting to reduce their waste. At the same time, it is remarkable that the rates of #'s 4 to 8 on the list are so low. And what does that mean for the rest of the country? When I travel to visit friends in different cities, I am sometimes surprised that in some places, there is little recycling and often no food waste composting. Kudos to all of these cities for being leaders.
As for me? Putting this newsletter in the recycle bin.