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Sedgwick County throwing away less trash

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The weak economy may have one upside: Less trash going into the landfill.

Sedgwick County is throwing 11 percent less trash compared with last year, environmental resources director Susan Erlenwein told commissioners this morning.

That probably doesn’t mean people are recycling more, she said. It’s because we’re making fewer purchases because of the economy. Fewer purchases equals less stuff to throw away.

Cardboard is what businesses throw away the most; grass clippings are what residents throw away the most, she said. She encouraged people to mulch mow their yards, which is more environmentally friendly and can be good for yards.

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