The Recycling Industry – Info Links

The Recycling Industry – Info Links


With the conclusion of the previous Solid Waste and Recycling Contract, which expires 12/31/18, Richland Township was faced with the eye-opening task of exploring the choices for a new contract for the next five (5) years.


Much to the surprise of all municipalities who are at contract renewal time, the future of recycling is taking a drastic turn.   Several of the main factors leading to the industry decline include:  1) the lack of market for many previously recycled materials, 2) the high cost of sorting the excessive non-recyclable materials being improperly disposed of, and 3) contamination resulting from single stream recycling.  Many recyclable end-buyers will not accept product unless it is 99.5% pure – which is almost unattainable. The result of these changes has led to the fact that the solid-waste management companies are now needing to pay for the disposal of many of the items that they used to be able to sell.


Richland Township discovered that current market conditions would force all of the waste companies bidding on the contract to increase their fees for collecting recyclable materials from township residents.  In order to reduce costs, that is why some items have been eliminated, and is also why collection will change from every week to every other week starting in January.  The disappointing discontinuation of glass as part of the bids was similar with all of the providers.  Fortunately, our contract does allow for changes in the acceptable items, should the markets improve.


Below, we have included links to some informative articles/videos that further highlight some of the struggles of the Recycling Industry.



(Click here to view the recent mailed Vogel Flyer regarding Recyclable items and the choice in Recycling Cart sizes)


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