Tipped over: Recycling hit by recession + gas prices

  Recycling plastics courtesy allybeag

You wouldn't think it, but the recycling industry is in a state of peril because demand is down and the price of oil is low so supply is high. Tipping point? I think not. Knocked over and pouring out everywhere is more like it.

 

If recyclers didn't focus on being a commodity business, they could instead collect soda bottles, clean them, sort them by volume (noting there are only a few shapes since most everything in our globalized system is standardized) and become a company that sold bottles to companies like TerraCycle. Not only would recyclers by definition become the cheapest source of packaging in America, they would also be the greenest source.

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