- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)8
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)4
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.