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Sedgwick County trash on the decline

The amount of trash generated in Sedgwick County last year was down about 8 percent from 2008, county commissioners learned today.

Environmental resources director Susan Erlenwein reported that the county generated 411,377 tons of trash last year, or 1,127 tons per day.

Residents generated 4.67 pounds of trash per day in 2009, down about 9 percent from 2008, Erlenwein said.

Construction and demolition waste — lumber, concrete and other building materials — was up about 15 percent last year, she said. About 193,000 tons of construction and demolition waste was taken to the landfill last year.

Recycling is up slightly, and use of the county’s household hazardous waste center, where residents can bring items such as paint and cleaning products, was up almost 9 percent.