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tpsbmam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:48 AM
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A consequence of our economic downfall: recycling
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The economic downturn has decimated the market for recycled materials like cardboard, plastic, newspaper and metals. Across the country, this junk is accumulating by the ton in the yards and warehouses of recycling contractors, which are unable to find buyers or are unwilling to sell at rock-bottom prices.

Ordinarily the material would be turned into products like car parts, book covers and boxes for electronics. But with the slump in the scrap market, a trickle is starting to head for landfills instead of a second life.

Its awful, said Briana Sternberg, education and outreach coordinator for Sedona Recycles, a nonprofit group in Arizona that recently stopped taking certain types of cardboard, like old cereal, rice and pasta boxes. There is no market for these, and the organizations quarter-acre yard is already packed fence to fence.

Either it goes to landfill or it begins to cost us money, Ms. Sternberg said.

In West Virginia, an official of Kanawha County, which includes Charleston, the state capital, has called on residents to stockpile their own plastic and metals, which the county mostly stopped taking on Friday. In eastern Pennsylvania, the small town of Frackville recently suspended its recycling program when it became cheaper to dump than to recycle. In Montana, a recycler near Yellowstone National Park no longer takes anything but cardboard.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/08/business/08recycle.ht...
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:12 AM
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1. our garbage company subsidizes their rates with recyclables
i suppose our rates will go up.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:18 AM
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2. Well but of course. I think we should use it to redecorate some neighborhoods in Dallas.
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