What does it make sense to recycle? That’s not an answer under control of municipalities with recycling programs, because it depends on what the MRFs (material recovery facilities) will accept. And the Minneapolis-based MRF Fargo sends their recycling to is no longer accepting glass. It just doesn’t pay. It’s causing an abrupt change to Fargo’s recycling program.
Get the full story from Inforum.com in the article linked below. And why does it matter in Minot? We’re months away from launching our curbside recycling program, and the story is an indicator of an industry in disruption. Fast changing circumstances are hard for local governments to keep up with. Other states like Washington or looking for ways to push the cost of waste streams to waste producers, i.e. manufacturers.