Local recycling companies have had to make some serious cutbacks, which are leaving residents, local businesses, and recycling companies adrift. Many local businesses engage in recycling as a matter of course, and will no longer be able to easily recycle the large volumes of plastics and paper that they go through.
Recycling Plants Are Slimming Down and Reducing Services
Recycling services are finding it difficult to continue operating in an unstable economy. Not only do recycling plants themselves often have cash flow issues, but they operate on thin margins. When economic issues, regulations, and other problems arise, recycling plants may find themselves unable to continue processing certain products.
Paper has been one of the major issues in the past year, as many countries have stopped taking in paper waste products. While the recycling plants may be able to process this paper waste, they may not be able to sell the paper waste to make additional recycled goods, as was done in the past. This is leading some plants to discontinue their paper processing.
Mixed Paper Recycling Discontinued
Some areas has temporarily discontinued its mixed paper recycling, though it hopes to reinstate it in the future. Residents of Lexington have been directed to throw paper and cardboard waste in the regular trash, though plastics will still be recycled.
It's believed that the opening of additional local paper mills, later on, will improve the viability of mixed paper recycling. Until then, many people and small business may find disposing of their trash a little more complex.
Some companies are attempting to continue their recycling by negotiating contracts with recycling plants in nearby areas: this can be effective for companies that have significant waste.
Paper isn't the only thing at risk. If the situation doesn't change, glass could be next. Plastics are often the highest priority for recycling because they degrade so slowly, but glass is one of the most effective products to recycle because it is easy to recycle glass.
Recycling Expected to Continue to Slim and Slow
This may be only the beginning of recycling frustrations. Businesses should be aware that the underlying issue is that many recycled materials are no longer being accepted by the countries that used to purchase them.
The recycling system always relied upon countries such as China purchasing recycled materials in bulk, to convert into products (such as paper). If domestic companies take up the last link of the recycling food chain, the cost of recycling is still likely to go up for the recycling centers.
Business owners and residents everywhere should be aware of the changes that are being made to their local recycling laws and should be extra conscientious about their recycling in the coming months. Waste reduction may become more important.
For businesses, there still are some options for recycling — they may just take some time to find. To find out more about recycled paper processing, contact the experts at Central Kentucky Fiber Resources, LLC.