Escalating Costs Makes US Cities Stop Recycling

There’s a bit of a problem plaguing businesses that handle junk hauling Orange County and across the US, as escalating costs are discouraging people from recycling, which has been a staple in American households.

Hundreds of towns and cities across the US have opted to cancel their respective programs, limiting the materials that they accept, or bumping up prices. In California, one such city is Deltona, which had to suspend their curbside recycling program as it wasn’t working. State Treasurer Fiona Ma says that California is currently undergoing a crisis where costs are going up.

This change is due to China, a major buyer of the recyclable materials in the US, opting to stop purchasing materials, saying that too much trash was mixed in with recyclable materials. Thailand and India have been taking more junk, but those countries are adding new restrictions.

The issues in the global scrap markets started hitting American communities earlier in 2018, and the problems have only been aggravated. With fewer buyers of junk, recycling companies are bumping up their prices in order to turn in a profit, to the detriment of junk hauling Orange County and across the US, and, in some particularly bad incidences, they’re charging quadruple than what they did

These escalating costs meant that American cites were being forced to consider raising taxes, cutting off services, or abandoning their recycling initiative. Recycle Across America Executive Director Mitch Hedlund, says that recycling has always been dysfunctional in the US, but not many took notice when the country dumped their junk in China.

Large recycling companies, however, had something good to enjoy from all of this. For these companies, recycling tend to be one of their less lucrative aspects, with analysts saying that it tends to be a ‘loss leader’, generally offered to get a municipality’s garbage business.

The increased costs, and the increased high recycling fees, analysts say, will do much to bolster the operations of businesses, and most of the industry will see growth driven by economic growth, as garbage increases as Americans consume more.Though analysts do say that not all of the higher volume recyclables can’t be repurposed.