Lane County tops survey of recycling

EUGENE — A state survey shows that Lane County had the highest recycling rate in the state last year, even better than the greater Portland area.

The Register-Guard says the county kept 61.5 percent of waste out of the landfill through a range of recycling options.

The 2011 survey by the state Department of Environmental Quality shows that the amount of garbage being thrown away by residents statewide is almost equal to the amount being recycled.

Last year, Lane county residents threw away 215,728 tons of waste but recycled or otherwise recovered 269,316 tons.

Marion County had the state’s second-highest recovery rate at 60.8 percent, followed by the Portland metro area at 59.3 percent.