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With recycling market values falling and operation costs rising, the recycling industry is seeking ways to ride out the market's ups and downs while continuing to provide this crucial component of municipal waste management. "We're seeing some local governments are evaluating their recycling operations, and a handful of them are moving toward making cuts to respond to some of the cost pressures," says David Biderman, executive director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) in a Waste 360 post

In a January 4, 2016 Waste Dive article, Chaz Miller, director of policy/advocacy for the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), addressed how the industry is responding to the volatile markets and why consumer education is so important to the success of recycling programs. Read more about the organizations involved and what both Miller and Biderman had to say about consumer education in the feature article below.

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Consumer Education Key
in Volatile Recycling Markets

We know recycling isn't free, but do consumers understand that?

Chaz Miller, director of policy/advocacy for the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), stated, "Consumers generally toss what they assume is recyclable, without realizing this is not the last step in the process, and this needs to change." 

He goes on to say that "to address this, NWRA, Keep America Beautiful, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are partnering to educate the public on what can go into the stream. And these groups say municipalities and haulers should remind people, recycling is not free."

Educating consumers about recycling issues is key to the success of local recycling programs. Residents must understand what can be recycled in their community, how to properly prepare recyclables, and the true costs of recycling. Their understanding of all three are vital to the livelihood of municipal recycling.

According to David Biderman, executive director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) in a recent Waste 360 article, "It's really more important for the individual customer to keep out contaminants. The processing facilities are seeing a substantial amount of non-recycling waste thrown in,... and it costs time to remove that material--thus causing facilities to charge the haulers more. Those rates get passed on to the cities."

To read more about how collection methods contribute to recycling costs, and see what the National Recycling Coalition says needs to be understood about the cost of recycling, check out our full blog post.

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