Another Reason to Compost

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.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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2 thoughts on “Another Reason to Compost

  1. So true, Gayla!
    We just went this weekend to see “Who Killed the Electric Car” and the politics that surround the oil industry are fairly dirty.

  2. Garbage trucks, evil rapacious gas suckers, roll up and down the street every day of week except Sunday. And to multiply the waste, garbage companies in my town compete for the business, meaning that on any given day you will see three or four different trucks visiting each street and alley instead of just one going from door to door.

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