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Landfill composts and recycles 30% of wasted materials

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RICHLAND, Wash.--Landfill composts and recycles 30% of wasted materials. Crews at the Horn Rapids Landfill in Richland were demonstrating how they compost waste. They recycle a variety of materials throughout the year.

They have just finished sorting their first compost waste pile. It's been recycled and will now be sold. The site started off with more than 85,000 tons of garbage. Through their compost and recycling program they have been able to lower the amount of waste thrown away to 60,000 tons. We were told they are recycling more than 30% of the waste in Richland.

Waste Manager Kip Eagles says "we're separating that now, so we're taking the yard waste out, the concrete out, the building materials that are recyclable materials. That ended up being about 25,000 tons. "

They recycle anything from curbside yard waste, bio solids, plastics, cardboard and other materials. Horn Rapids staff say they are thinking ahead with their new compost and recycling plans. Education Coordinator Gail Everett says "populations increase and our resources are dwindling and for the economy's sake and transportation costs we really should be doing more."

The Horn Rapids site was supposed to close in December 2013. The recycling efforts of the site will now allow it to stay open until 2018.