Author Topic: Market forces put America's recycling industry in the dumps  (Read 135 times)

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Market forces put America's recycling industry in the dumps
« on: October 10, 2018, 10:27:31 PM »

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900036207/market-forces-put-americas-recycling-industry-in-the-dumps.html

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A big part of the problem, besides lower commodity prices overall, is sloppy recycling.

In the early days of recycling, people had to wash bottles and cans, and sort paper, plastic, glass and metal into separate bins. Now there's single-stream recycling, which allows all recyclables to be tossed into one bin.

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Re: Market forces put America's recycling industry in the dumps
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2018, 03:18:09 AM »
This is one of my pet peeves.

People will throw saran wrap and plastics with no number and when I say it isn't recyclable they say, without fail, "Oh it's great where we are. They recycle everything."

I have to explain about the "catchment" problem, about how that stuff isn't recycled, it is separated out, how it can result in a whole load getting thrown away, about how the big concessioner in the park was threatened with having to pay trash rates for compostables and recyclables because they are so full of garbage, etc, etc, etc.