Monday, April 25, 2011

Cost of Recycling

Not much new came out of last Thursday's sustainability commission meeting.  Chicken ordinance is still on hold and will remain so until the new Mayor and council are sworn in.  The new bike path committee met last Friday and the commission will look into increasing recycling at apartment complexes.  One interesting fact did come out of the discussion regarding recycling costs.  Southern Recycling, who handles the city's recycling program, currently loses money on cardboard recycling.  However, the money made on aluminum recycling covers the losses on cardboard.  Recycling one truckload of aluminum covers the losses on recycling three truckloads of cardboard.

The city could save money by just dumping the cardboard in the Jackson County Landfill, but county ordinances prohibit the disposal of recyclable materials, including cardboard.

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