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Solid Waste Recycling and Processing, 2nd Edition by Marc J. Rogoff

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Marketing Recyclables

Merely collecting and processing recyclables is not considered recycling—the recovered materials must be reutilized as the source materials for new consumer or commercial products. Thus, viable markets for the sale of recyclable materials, which are retrieved in curbside collection and drop-off and buyback centers, are essential for the success of a community’s recycling program. One of the most commonly reported barriers facing recycling programs are the absence of markets for recycled products. The prices paid by the brokers or end users of these collected and processed materials help subsidize the cost of the overall recycling program. Over the past three decades, the recycling movement has waxed and waned with the ...

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