This article by Chris Mays originally appeared June 12 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
BRATTLEBORO — Recycling is still happening around here.
“There was a concern that, particularly after shifting to single stream and in general, because we all know that the markets for recycling have become volatile, that maybe some of that recycling stream was also being diverted into garbage,” Brattleboro Town Manager Peter Elwell said during Tuesday’s Select Board meeting. “Based on the information that we’ve received from Casella [Waste Systems Inc.], who is the processor of our recycling, that’s actually not the case.”
Through the town’s residential curbside collection program, Elwell reported cardboard is shipped domestically to mills that make new cardboard boxes. He said mixed paper is shipped domestically to a plant that makes pulp to be remade into items no longer recognizable as paper, then it is shipped overseas.
“Newsprint is shipped domestically and overseas depending on the market at the moment, when they’re sending off a shipment of it,” he said. “The reason why it sometimes goes so far away is because overseas, people are still reading newspapers and in the United States, not so much. So there isn’t as much of a market. The newsprint when it gets recycled gets recycled into new newsprint and there isn’t as much of a market for rebuying newsprint in the United States.”
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