How much waste has been diverted from landfills because of the waste management act of 1989 in California?



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    Since the Act of 1989, over 350 million tons of trash has been kept out of landfills.  This amount could fill a line of garbage trucks circling the Earth 6 times.  Still, as the rate of diversion has increased, the rate of disposal has also increased because there is more trash.  In 1989, there were 40 million tons of trash, 90% of which ended up in landfills.  In 2007, there were 92.2 million tons of trash and 42.2 million was sent to landfills.  So while the change is laudable and California is meeting the Act’s mandate to recycle or divert 50% of waste, it has not kept up with the times and should be updated.

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