Jackson County had one of the 10 best recycling rates in the state for 2011, but also had one of the highest tonnages for total trash disposed, according to a report from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
The report shows Jackson County recycled or reused about 47.6 percent of its garbage, which includes 6 percentage points in credits for prevention, reuse and residential composting. Of the 239,754 tons of garbage Jackson County generated last year, 99,781 tons were sorted out for recycling and reuse, the report shows. The other 139,973 tons went into landfills.
Nearby Josephine and Douglas counties both saw higher recovery rates, at 55 percent and 48.9 percent, respectively. Lane County saw the highest recovery rate in the state, recycling 61.5 percent of its 485,043 tons of garbage. Wheeler County's 12.9 percent recovery rate — 61.6 tons of 479.1 tons total — was the lowest.