RECYCLING MARKET WOES by ProQuest

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Recycling markets in the US recently succumbed to the volatility of the global economy. Virtually every major recycled commodity saw dramatic price reductions at the end of October. Fiber products in particular have taken a gigantic hit. Cardboard in the Northeast crashed from $120/ton to $30/ton in one week. And there are numerous other benefits to keep in mind. Recycled content products are more energy efficient than products made from virgin resources. Recycling is part of the energy independence equation -- and part of the fight against global warming. Here are potential solutions in recycling: 1. Develop a more transparent and rational pricing scheme. 2. Create a new paradigm for recycling services and markets. 3. Single stream recycling isn't always the best model.

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