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Recycling Programs Face Crunch

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Vermont's solid waste districts are trying to grapple with a downturn in prices for recycled materials just as they face new demands from the state's law requiring universal recycling.
Recycling rates are climbing and less trash is going into Vermont’s landfills. That was the purpose of the 2012 universal recycling law.

Vermont Public Radio reports that solid waste managers like Bob Spencer at the Windham Solid Waste Management District say a recent crash in prices for the recycled materials has reduced a key income source.

Meanwhile, some waste districts are facing new costs to comply with a 2012 state law aimed at reducing the amount of material going to landfills. Among them: Finding a new way to deal with compost aside from putting it in the landfill.

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