Amount Of Out-Of-State Garbage On Rise In Ohio

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - The amount of out-of-state garbage coming to Ohio is back on the rise after falling for several years.

Figures from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency showed that 1.7 million tons of garbage came into Ohio in 2000.

That's less than half of the peak in 1989, but a figure that is higher than several years ago.

Ohio is among the top states when it comes to importing trash. Most of it comes from New York and Pennsylvania.

State officials said that there are several possible reasons why Ohio gets so much out-of-state garbage, including lower fees for dumping.

But Ohio does export trash too. It exported 1 million tons in 1999 to our neighbors.

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