Why is the cost of recycling going up?
Recycling commodity (aluminum, paper, glass, etc.) values have been fluctuating in recent years because of various factors, supply and demand fluctuations, stricter recycling policies regarding contamination of recyclables. Processing costs increase to when having to reduce the amount of contamination in the recycling. The graph below provided by Hennepin County shows average recycling commodity values per ton from 2012 to the end of 2018. This means there is less value for the materials collected but it does not mean the materials are not getting recycled.
What is China's National Sword and how has it impacted Minnesota's recycling programs?
China's National Sword is an initiative by China to improve the recycling materials they purchase from the U.S. Here is an article from Minnesota's Pollution Control Agency regarding this issue: China recycling shift an opportunity for Minnesota
Why focus on waste reduction?
Why is weekly recycling collection being considered?