, supervising environmentalist at Hennepin County Environmental Services
, is one of those who peg the changes to the economy.
A series of monthly drops in refuse delivery to Hennepin County facilities started in November 2007, just before the downturn began.
From the first half of 2007 to the first half of this year, deliveries of solid waste to the county refuse burner and landfills fell by about 15 percent, Kroening
"Clearly, the economy was resulting in less generation of waste," he
noted that in June, intake in Hennepin County
exceeded expectations for the first time in a year and a half.