I work for our local county government & had the opportunity today to have a tour, via car, around the local landfill. It's now a transfer station as the trash is now taken to the next county.
What amazed me was the amount of recycling and reusing that is happening at this facility. For instance, the facility would like more land space. So the answer is to use the concrete, brought by local contractors, to fill in one of the lakes on the property with the concrete pieces. The piles are already building up. The shrubbery brought in by the local pickup and the local landscapers is now being bought from a company who is converting it to ethanol. Very clever.
There is always going to be trash - yucky stuff that is not reusable or recyclable, but it's great to see innovation take place and reduce what is sent to the landfill.