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What Global Recycling Crisis Means for Onondaga County
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9/24/2018

What the Global Recycling Crisis Means for Onondaga County

The global recycling crisis has hit home. Recycling markets are in an unprecedented free fall, especially for paper products, because China, the country processing the majority of the world’s recyclables, closed its doors to most recyclables (they were getting too much contamination).

In Onondaga County and all over the world, communities are getting less money for their recycling commodities. This means everyone is paying more for recycling and in some places they actually stopped recycling because it was too expensive.

What Does the Crisis Mean for You?

For decades, OCRRA insulated the community from market fluctuations by absorbing costs during weak recycling markets. With today’s crisis expected to last for two years or more, OCRRA cannot continue to support recycling without help.

OCRRA is exploring all funding options in an effort to continue to be leaders in recycling and cost-efficient at the same time. We’ve reached out to the County and the County Legislature to ask for financial assistance. We’ve considered raising the fees we charge to accept and process trash (tip fees). We’ve considered a mix of options. We’re still working on a solution. The one thing that is certain is the cost to recycle is going up and your wallet will be impacted in the future.

So, what can you do?        CLICK HERE FOR FLYER WITH MORE INFORMATION.


 
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