Nearly 20,000 tons of trash came out of Roane County last year.
More than 2,000 tons of recycling was diverted from the landfill.
In the county’s more trashy days, residents produced as high as 59,000 tons of garbage.
Ralph Stewart, the county’s solid waste coordinator, blames the financial climate.
“When the economy is good, people are buying houses, tearing down houses,” Stewart said. “A lot of new things going up means we are tearing a lot of things down and throwing things away.”