Californians threw away 4.3 pounds of waste per person per day in 2012, the lowest number on record.
That’s despite an improving economy, CalRecycle reports. Typically, the better the economy, the more we buy and the more we subsequently throw away.
More than two decades ago, we threw away more than 8 pounds of waste per person per day.
The state is now diverting about 66 percent, inching closer to a goal of 75 percent diversion by 2020.