I discovered another cost of garbage, both economical and environmental, while watching a segment on solar powered trash compactors on Daily Planet. I don’t know why this didn’t occur to me, but of course fuel is needed to operate the garbage trucks that haul garbage off your curb and out of the city to a dump site. And according to the show, it turns out that garbage trucks are major gas gusslers. While some cities have shifted to trucks that operate on “greener” fuels, a large percentage of garbage trucks in use are the most polluting and least fuel-efficient vehicles on the road.
Just another reason to keep as much waste out of your garbage bags as possible and get composting.