falling prices take toll on municipal recycling
In recent years, there has been a lot of money to make --
Consists of municipalities, recycling companies that serve them, and manufacturers that re-process paper, cans and plastic into everything from packaging to fabric.
But things are changing.
Because consumers buy less goods, the factory does not need so many raw materials.
The municipal recycling center is located in Branford, Connecticut.
Residents put down all kinds of items: cans, plastic, paper, cardboard floor display.
So far this year, Branford
A town of 29,000 people in Long Island Bay
It has earned about $93,000 by selling recyclable items.
But Peg Hall, solid waste manager, said Branford may soon have to pay for the processing of certain items, such as mixed paper.
In the past, Branford has sold most of the paper to an intermediary company sold to Chinese factories that recycle the cardboard pallet display into packaging and cartons.
But the economic slowdown has lowered demand for packaging, said Scott Taylor, vice president of Zhongnan, the world\'s largest exporter of recycled paper.
Based in Jersey, New Jersey, N. J. J.
Chung Nam said the United States purchased 400,000 to 500,000 tons of mixed paper per month this summer, when \"you can get $70, $80, $90 per ton \".
But he said prices plunged in October.
By the end of November, a recycling company had to pay $5 to $10 a tonne to dismantle it.
For Branford, even without getting paid for the newspaper, Hall says, it\'s better than paying $82 a tonne for a garbage disposal rate.
\"If I could move on [paper]
\"If it\'s rubbish and we\'re going to spend less money to get rid of it, then the town of Branford is still saving money,\" Hall said . \".
As recycling plans continue to cut prices, municipal recycling in communities across the country continues.
In William Waste Co. , Ltd.
William Mandy in Conn.
Workers are still sorting out truck paper, bottles and cans shipped from town.
They also removed items that could not be recycled.
\"We found the toaster.
We found the oven.
\"The number of things we found is amazing,\" said Tim devowo, who, along with his brother Tom, represents the third generation of people running the company.
It is sold to cardboard pallet display mills in the United States and Canada.
DeVevo pointed to a paper mountain.
He said it was worth $56,000 a few months ago.
Now, \"I can\'t sell it for the sake of my life.
I have to pay for a paper factory to take it away.
\"This summer, plastic used to make water bottles and water bottles --
PET or PET-
The price is $300 per ton.
Now it\'s down to $20.
Tin will fall, too.
DeVivo said the company was losing millions of dollars in revenue and he had to fire 15 out of 250 employees.
Other recyclers are also suffering.
The technical director of NAPCOR, the North American PET plastics industry trade organization, suggested that as much attention should be paid to the final use and collection of recyclable items as possible. \"Where that [recycled]
\"After we collected the material, it wasn\'t really taken into account, which is at the heart of the problem,\" said Mike Schedler . \".
Schedler said that while it has important environmental benefits to exclude materials from landfill sites, \"The real benefit of society is to make these secondary materials available for remanufacture in the local economy.
This is where you get the most.
Create jobs. . . .
This has had multiple economic impacts on the local economy.
\"Need help from the government?
Alan Hershkowitz, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Conservation Commission, said he was concerned that the recycling infrastructure would not survive without the help of the government.
He said: \"If the government is going to invest to help the industry recover in this recession, it should put these investments in the priority position of the ecological restoration industry --
Like the recycling industry.
Tim devowo said he did not want government subsidies.
But he says most manufacturers will not choose to recycle materials just because they are better for the planet.
\"If the mill finds it easier to cut down a tree \"--
Start from scratch instead of using recycled items
\"They will cut it down.
They don\'t care.
It\'s all about numbers.
\"Despite falling prices and profits, DeVivo and others in the industry want people to keep recycling.
In this way, the system is still complete when the economy rebounds.
Nancy Eve Cohen is a reporter for the public radio station of Hartford CPBN Connecticut in Connecticut.
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