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Richland Recycling helps Landfill stay open

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RICHLAND, Wash;-- The Richland Recycling Program expected to begin this May will help the Horn Rapids Landfill stay open an extra five years.

Right now city workers say the landfill would close by 2013 if things stayed the way they are, but the recycling program will cut waste up to 30 percent. The recycled goods will be transformed to extend the life of newly dug up plots. 

"It'll be turned into dirt in the composting program and in the recycling program turned into new paper, new plastic, new aluminum," city waste manager Kip Eagals said.  

The landfill gets about 85-thousand pounds of waste every year. Recycling will help reduce at least 10 or 20 thousand pounds a year.

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