We regard waste management as an essential service like clean water, roads and schools. We operate half a dozen drop-off stations where we charge for recyclables, albeit at half the rate of trash. Our expenses for recycling are essentially the same as those for msw mgt. We have a mandatory recycling ordinance, so all the curbside commercial haulers provide recycling service. They all charge for the service, most at the same rate as trash. The upshot of this description is that our recycling rates, both for participation and capture are equal to districts which provide free recycling service.
I'm not sure of all the implications here, but it seems that people who will recycle see it as a better option and are willing to put in the extra effort to collect msw and recyclables separately.
Mike Morrow, Manager
Lamoille Waste District