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      Report: County sending less to landfills

      The Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery Department continues to promote waste reduction, recycling and safe disposal options for residents of the County.

      The Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery Department said recycling is up and landfill waste is down.

      According to a recent report, residential, commercial and industrial customers ??landfilled?? 69,161 tons of solid waste in 2012. 20,079 tons came from residential customers; 32,567 tons came from commercial customers and 16,515 tons came from industrial customers.

      The total number is down from 2011, when The Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery Department reported a close to 85,000 tons of waste.

      Throwing away less seems to mean more recycling.

      According to the Recover Department, residential, commercial and industrial customers recycled 11,670 tons of materials in 2012. They said 3,661 tons came from residential curbside customers, 5,294 tons came from commercial customers, 684 tons came from industrial customers and 2,031 tons came from drop-off stations.

      Department leaders said four collection events were held in 2012 to provide safe disposal options for household hazardous waste like antifreeze, gasoline, paint, pesticides, solvents, etc.

      The Resource Recovery Department is funded by a ??landfill surcharge,?? which is a $4 fee levied on each ton of solid waste generated in Grand Traverse County.