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lating into more space in the land- fill — and Smith says, space equals money. The cost to run the landfill was $18.5 million in 2008, so with dump- ing fees plus residential garbage fees (roughly $4 million annually) the city expects to earn roughly $9 million in 2009. And if, as Smith predicts, new technology evolves that changes landfills from finite to infinite space, McCommasBluff could continue oper- ating as a city cash cow for decades and even centuries to come. REDUCE, REUSE... YOU KNOW THE REST Recycling has come a long way in Dallas, Nix says. “We were pretty behind for a long time. We did not follow the green track in late ’80s and early ’90s,” she says. In 2005, only about one in four Dallas households recycled. Today, Nix says almost half of Dallas hom- eowners recycle: “Our count of recy- clers, as provided by route drivers and further estimated based on big blue cart deliveries, is 46 percent.” The city’s goal for the “Too Good To Throw Away” program, which edu- cates homeowners on recycling and provides the blue bins for single- family residences, was 50 percent of eligible households by 2011. “We ought to get there a bit ear- lier than estimated,” Nix says. “We’re certainly seeing big strides in the amount of recycling materials we’re collecting.” Effective recycling programs mean more landfill space; our current recy- cling rate means we save more than a month of landfill space every year. “When we bury something, we hope it will degrade,” Smith says. “Everything we want to go into the landfill is not this type of stuff [ges- turing toward a plastic water bottle from which he’s drinking]. We want it to decompose.” The city doesn’t sift through gar- bage to mine recyclables, so any non-biodegradable items tossed in the trash remain in the landfill taking up space. “We would love for it to be out,” Smith says. “It’s not a perfect world — but it is getting better.” Better by Design www.roundtreelandscaping.com  DESIGN  INSTALLATION  HORTICULTURE SERVICES  MAINTENANCE  advocatemag.com/lake-highlands OCTOBER 2009  Valid through 10/31/09 with coupon. Not valid with any other offer, discount or promotion. Not valid on previous purchases. Not redeemable for cash. Other restrictions may apply, see associate for complete details. Upcharge for SUV’s and Oversized Vehicles $2999  Full Service CarWash Starting at only $10.99 everyday!  Full Service CarWash Every Wednesday only $8.00!  Exterior Only CarWash Starting at only $6.00!  Complete Detail Services  MonthlyWeb Specials FreeWindshield Repair Headlight Restoration We are not just Ordinary,We Are Extraordinary 6559 E. Northwest Hwy  1 Block East of Abrams 214-234-0666  www.waterworksautospa.com Open7Days Mon- S  FALL DETAIL SPECIAL Clean or Carpets Shampooed HandWax, Interior Super BEST PRICE & SERVICE in the Metroplex! 4325BELMONT AVE.,DALLAS, TX 75204, 214.824.7036

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