Each day the average American throws out 4 1/2 pounds of trash. In the past, most of this trash was buried in landfills. Today, our landfills are filling up quickly. Recycling is one of the easiest ways that we can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. Also, recycling helps to stabilize our trash collection rates by controlling the volume of waste dumped in landfills.
The Garden Grove Sanitary District takes a unique approach to waste disposal with Recycle Garden Grove, an innovative program that combines automated trash collection with a broad recycling and yard waste collection operation. In a joint effort by the Sanitary District and Republic Services, Recycle Garden Grove is designed to reduce the volume of waste dumped in our local landfills and to conserve our natural resources. This automated waste collection and recycling program has been successfully implemented in many surrounding communities with excellent results.
Participation in Recycle Garden Grove allows residents to significantly help decrease the amount of trash buried in local landfills and to help the City comply with the state's strict recycling laws. According to Assembly Bill 939, each city must reduce their waste by 75 percent by the year 2020.
The Recycle Garden Grove program allows the City to recycle many types and quantities of recyclable items and yard waste, instead of dumping it in the landfill. Recycling allows us to conserve our country's natural resources by providing alternative sources for aluminum, paper, glass and plastics and other recyclable items.