Kudos to our residents: you threw out 7.2 percent less trash in the first half of 2006 than in 2005! That's 3,187 tons less garbage! Unfortunately, we also recycled less — 9.3 percent to be exact That's 1,322 tons that most likely could have been recycled.
We need your help to maintain our state-mandated goal of keeping half or more of discarded materials out of the landfill. The state set this goal back in 1989 for the year 2000. Since then, residents in our cities have done a good job of recycling containers, paper and yard trimmings. In doing so, you have helped keep metals, plastics, paper, and even organic material in the recycling loop instead of the landfill. As a result new products can be made without requiring new raw materials.
So please keep up the good work! Keep recycling and throw away only those things you know cannot be recycled or reused. The less you throw away the better!