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N.C. Trash-per-Person Continues to Grow

Posted April 30, 2007 3:21 p.m. EDT

— North Carolinians are making more trash, and it's not just because there are more of us.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Monday that figures for the 2005-06 fiscal year, the latest available, show state residents tossed away an average of 1.36 tons each, up 5 percent from the previous year.

The average also was up 27 percent from 1991-92, when the record-keeping started.

“This trend drives home the need for the state to address these issues head-on, right now,” said Paul Crissman, Solid Waste section chief in the Division of Waste Management.