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More U.S. Towns Are Feeling The Pinch As Recycling Becomes Costlier


Added 08-21-19 08:07:02am EST - “The U.S. recycling industry is facing a quandary: Too much of the plastic we use can't be recycled, and taxpayers increasingly are on the hook for paying for all that trash to hit the landfills.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “More U.S. Towns Are Feeling The Pinch As Recycling Becomes Costlier ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Donald Sanderson says people in Woodbury, N.J., call him the "father of recycling" after he and other City Council members in 1980 passed what they say was the first mandatory curbside recycling program in the United States. Rebecca Davis/NPR hide caption

Donald Sanderson says people in Woodbury, N.J., call him the "father of recycling" after he and other City Council members in 1980 passed what they say was the first mandatory curbside recycling program in the United States.

When curbside recycling caught on in the 1970s, it was mostly about cans, glass, cardboard and paper. That's how Donald Sanderson remembers it.

Sanderson is 90 years old, an earnest man with a ready smile. Every Thursday in Woodbury, N.J., where he lives, he hauls a big blue recycling bin out to the curb. Recycling is close to his heart. "I guess you could say I'm the father of recycling," he says. "I don't know if that's good or bad."

In the late 1970s, most trash just went to the local landfill, which cost Woodbury a lot of money in fees. And the landfill was filling up. Sanderson, who was on the City Council at the time, came up with an idea: There was a market for some of that trash — there were companies that would buy and reuse it.

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