Recycling Programs Hurt by Recession

The market for recyclables has taken a sharp nosedive in recent months, challenging cities' ability to provide recycling services.

"Demand for commodities such as cardboard, paper and glass has taken a nose dive, and prices for those materials have gone south since last fall."

"In August, a recycler in Georgia could expect to receive about $160 a ton for curbside recyclables. Now the average is about $37 a ton."

"In one of the birthplaces of municipal curbside recycling, Berkeley, California, recyclables yielded about $200 per ton last fall. Now it hovers around $35 per ton."

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