The WSJ had an interesting article about cost-saving measures that Portland is taking. The city has decided to only pick up trash every other week, but to pick up compostable material every week. It makes sense for the budget and it makes sense for the environment. Having been brought up in a gardening family I always wondered why people would send away their yard waste and then pay for mulch or fertilizer. I hope this movement catches on and encourages a thriftier, greener lifestyle.
There was one interesting point about how well-meaning laws can get in the way and goals can conflict:
“We’d love to do trash every other week, like Portland does,” says Mr. Gedert. He explains copying Portland would take some doing, because Texas law mandates weekly pick ups for public-health reasons.
This shows the importance of keeping laws flexible and current.