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County close to recycling goal

April 19, 2013

Inyo County Waste Management Superintendent Scott Eagan shows off the new Waste Management T-shirt. Photo by Mike Gervais

With Earth Day approaching on April 22, Inyo County Waste Management Director Scott Eagan gave local leaders an overview of local recycling and diversion program and asked for any ideas and suggestions.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors was told Tuesday that the county and its residents are able to divert 26 percent of the county’s waste from the landfills through recycling anything from wood, tires and paper, to electrical waste and food products that are composted.
“There are a lot of areas where we could be bringing things to the landfills, but we’re not,” Eagan said, pointing out that the landfills in Bishop, Lone Pine and Independence have areas where usable items, such as furniture and electronics, can be dropped off by residents who don’t want them, and picked up by residents who do.
Eagan said the county’s 26 percent diversion rating is noteworthy, but the state is mandating that the county divert 29 percent of its waste from landfills.

Read more in the Saturday, April 20, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.

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