Denver ranks among U.S.'s least wasteful cities

Denver: America's sixth-least wasteful city.
Denver: America's sixth-least wasteful city.

We may drive a lot, use a lot of condoms and consume a lot of beer in plastic cups while cursing the Broncos' defense, but all in all, Denverites are not too wasteful a bunch, according to a recent survey that looks about as scientific as my assertion that we consume a lot of beer in plastic cups, which I more or less made up.

The 2009 Nalgene Least Wasteful Cities Study, conducted by the Earth-conscious bottle makers at Nalgene, surveyed (very few) people about how much they drive, recycle, and do other things that affect the sustainability of their cities. Denver ranked sixth, behind San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Portland and, oddly, Los Angeles. You wouldn't think all those actors switching to canvas bags could make up for the waste caused by the many millions of miles driven in the Sweeping Concrete Wasteland by the Sea.

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