More Recycling Stuff
Sent an e-mail to the Arcata Community Recycling Center last week. They process all the recyclables from Eureka. As I'd brought up here before, I was curious about how much trash they get mixed in with recyclables. I'm constantly going around looking in people's recycling bins and see lots of non- recyclables thrown in with recyclables.
So how much trash do they get? Copied and pasted from Patti Johnson's e-mail:
On to the numbers. For the last quarter of 2009, we had an average residual rate (percentage of tonnage processed that was not recycled) of 3.78% (85.52 out of 2,264.68 tons). December was a particularly high month with 37.99 tons of residual trash representing 5.1% of our processed volume. At the Humboldt Waste Management Authority's tip rate of $155.56/ton, this translates to an additional cost of $5909.72 for ACRC to dispose of trash in December alone. Pretty appalling.
So, December was actually at the lower end of what I would of expected from my personal observations. I was guessing between 5 and 10 percent.
She also wrote that the percentage of trash to recyclables is increasing about 1% a year. That would mean even more increased costs for recycling in addition to lower prices for recyclables because of the glut.
Not looking good for the long run and I can't help but wonder how much mandatory recycling is hurting rather than helping the recycling effort.