Less trash may sound like a dream for environmentalists, but the dramatic drop in garbage in the Mesa County Landfill has the full attention of the Waste Management Program.
Who have seen lighter loads since the economy headed for the gutter..
From this January 2007 to January 2008, the landfill generated four million pounds less of trash.
Every month, the Mesa County Landfill generates more than 10,000 tons of trash, but since the economy tumbled last year, the dump started to lighten up.
Director of the Mesa County Solid Waste Management, Bob Emmiston says January is usually a slow month for the landfill, but not this slow.
His theory, "I think it's the economy."
Look no further than last year's holiday sales.
The worst shopping season in four decades.
Less presents means there is less trash to throw away.
A Lack of construction isn't helping either...
2008 saw a thousand less homes built in Grand Junction than 2007, so there is little trash pickup from them too.
Solid waste management says they have seen drops in January before, but not of this magnitude.
According to Emerston ,those drops are usually because of snowy or treacherous weather, but last month was rather mild.