- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Business notebook: Jackson salon owner also opens a clothing store (1/16/17)
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- Jackson police describe night of anger, car crashes, drug possession by 18-year-old (1/22/17)5
- Two subjects of interest in 1992 homicide to take polygraph tests (1/15/17)8
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Cape SportsPlex contractor offers a look at the project (1/15/17)14
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
Less trash reflects economic downturn
ST. GEORGE, Utah -- The economic downturn has even reached the trash on the curb, and that's hurting some sanitation workers.
Washington County is producing less trash, in part because consumption is down, and in part because homes and apartments are empty, officials at Allied Waste Services said.
The company's trash truck drivers are paid per home and by the weight of the trash they collect. Residential trash tonnage is down by 10 to 15 percent, reducing driver pay by $25 to $50 a week, said Allied Waste Services St. George division Operations Manager Andy Tanner.
The amount of curbside trash is a leading indicator of the economy, said Allied's local general manager Jason Godfrey.
"Consumption curtails and we have really seen a change as the economy has darkened," Godfrey said.