Turning Blue Skies Gray

San Diego’s landfill trash has decreased 12 percent in the last year, partly because of decreased food waste. They’re receiving 15-year waste lows. Great news, right?

Not so fast, says NBC San Diego. In their take on the story, they find a way to make the sky fall. Instead of ‘reduced greenhouse gas emissions from less rotting waste,’ it’s ‘depressed landfill operators.’

photo by photographer 10 via Creative CommonsBoo hoo, poor landfill execs!

Hey, nobody wants to see empty city coffers, but here’s an idea, civic leaders: don’t tie your budget to wasteful practices. Let’s set up a system that provide incentives for citizens to cut their waste, instead of lamenting it.

Furthermore, let’s celebrate the reduced landfill contributions, like this article does. What happened to these days? That’s why California set a 50 percent waste reduction goal back in 1990.

One other thing: The original article specifically cites less eating out as the main factor for reduced food waste. I don’t doubt it, but I’d love to see the source for that tidbit.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted January 27, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Oh, boy, you’ve hit on a huge pet peeve of mine. Our local water district makes money selling water; when demand goes down, they don’t have the money to do water supply projects. They do encourage conservation, but I think they’d do it a lot more wholeheartedly if they’d make money at it. The California Public Utilities Commission set up the rate structure for Pacific Gas & Electric so that PG&E makes as much money from conserving an additional kWh of electricity as they do from generating it. Since price signals are so effective, all providers of limited resources should have these concrete incentives to encourage conservation rather than consumption.

  2. Posted January 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Just have to say, YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!
    I live in San Diego and I’m glad to hear we are reducing our trash, although doesn’t seem to be happening in my apartment complex … but to spin the story, boo.

  3. Posted January 30, 2009 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Oh, for heaven’s sake! That is so ridiculous…we should be overjoyed that a landfill is getting less business.

  4. Posted March 6, 2012 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    Hey there, Can I copy this post image and implement it on my private internet log? 513643

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