Are we throwing out less, buying less, reusing more, or just cutting back on the consumption of things that create trash? Perhaps all are correct. Whatever the reason, it’s good news that state officials report the amount of trash North Carolinians are producing for landfills is down to its lowest level in two decades. Whatever the reason or reasons, that’s good.
It’s natural to assume that part of the reason may have to do with the economic recession. People are buying less and have less to throw away. But surely part of the reason is that more people are paying attention to recycling these days. In more households, guests learn to ask, “Where do you put your bottles?” Or, “Do you compost?” Or, diplomatically, “Why don’t I take this stuff home and I’ll put it with my recycling?” The word is spreading, and if you have teenagers in the house who are learning the recycling drill in school, the pressure is on.
Consider the immense plots that go for no purpose other than landfills. (And don’t get us started on the serial litterers …)
Whatever the reasons for this development, we’ll take it as good news. And we need some.