California cities top list for household recycling

Tue Feb 10, 2009 5:17pm EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Cities in California have topped an analysis that ranks 100 U.S. cities on their level of residential recycling, according to a survey.

Fresno, the inland city between Los Angeles and San Francisco, topped the list by Men's Health magazine while Fremont, Anaheim and San Diego -- all Californian cities - placed in the top ten.

The cities were judged on their household recycling capabilities by determining if recycling is mandatory, how easy the city makes it for residents to recycle and the percentage of households that participate.

Extra points were given to cities that sorted materials beyond paper, plastic and glass.

Of the larger U.S. cities, New York placed at No. 17, Washington, D.C., at No. 29, Los Angeles at No 32 while Chicago came in at No. 85. Las Vegas placed second last at No. 99 on the list.

The city judged the worst for its waste was Wichita in Kansas while two cities in Colorado placed in the bottom ten -- Colorado Springs and Aurora.

Other cities ranked in the bottom ten included Detroit in Michigan and Louisville in Kentucky.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Patricia Reaney)