County throwing away more, recycling less

A commercial hauler stops to be wieghed at the Puuanahulu Landfill on Friday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

The public dumping area of the Hawaii County Hilo landfill is pictured recently. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

HILO — Hawaii County’s rate of recycling or otherwise diverting garbage from the landfill has dropped 48% in the past decade, according to a comprehensive report released Friday by a commission that meets once a decade to evaluate solid waste practices.