Washington residents increased their recycling by 4 percent from 2010, adding more than 186,000 tons of municipal waste recycled. That equals 3.64 pounds per person per day collected for recycling, which is the highest ever measured in Washington, the department of ecology said.
Waste being disposed of by residents also dropped by 4 percent, with a decline of about 170,000 tons.
Total waste diverted from landfill disposal increased to 57.2 percent in 2011 from 54.3 percent in 2010. The state attributed that to less construction and demolition-related materials being disposed of in landfills.