Sacramento region recyclables pile up as resale market crashes

Sacramento BeeJanuary 26, 2009 

The dealer for Sacramento city and county recyclables wants the curbside materials delivered for free until the global scrap market rebounds from a free-fall, and the company's record-high stockpiles of unsold paper, plastic and tin begin to shrink.

If municipal waste officials agree, monthly garbage collection fees would have to subsidize the recycling at a higher level. The higher recycling subsidy could be sustained only so long before residents and businesses would face higher collection rates, officials said.

Such fiscal patches would buy time for the Sacramento Recycling & Transfer Station to continue storing the recyclables in the hope that the salvage market revives.

Unsold throwaways, however, can be warehoused only so long before the aging bundles become a fire threat or the costs for ever-greater storage become prohibitive.

Read the complete story at

McClatchy Washington Bureau is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service