Re: [GRRN] looking for cities that have dropped recyclables

Myra Nissen (
Fri, 01 Jan 1999 14:12:32 -0800


Amazing that you ask. I just clipped an article from the Dec. 25, 1998
Fresno Bee about Kings Waste and Recycling Authority (Kings County
California) dropping their curbside program after spending $1.4 million.
The reason stated in the article is lack of participation did not
justify the costs.

Knowing residents of the county who are advid recyclers, I suspect the
program did not have adequate public outreach, but that is my opinion. I
suspect markets contributed to the decision as this is a rural county in
central California and markets are an issue in this part of CA.

If you would like a copy of the article, let me know.

Myra Nissen
The Sutta Co
1221 Third St
Oakland, CA

Hatti Koth wrote:
> Hello,
> Can anyone on the list provide me with quick examples of city or community recycling programs that have stopped collecting individual materials for recycling because of economic or market reasons? (e.g. ABC City stopped collecting plastic bottles curbside in 1997 because they could no longer find markets or afford the collection costs for plastics.) I just need the basic info for use as examples, preferably things that were dropped from programs within the last 5 years.
> Thanks ahead of time for your help.
> Hatti Koth
> Recycling Outreach Coordinator
> Saint Paul Neighborhood Energy Consortium
> 475 N. Cleveland Ave., #100
> Saint Paul, MN 55104
> (651) 644-7678
> *****************************************************
> To post to the greenyes list, send a letter to:
> If you ever need to unsubscribe, send a message to
> with the subject
> unsubscribe. If you have any problems, please
> write to
> GreenYes is archived on the GrassRoots Recycling
> Network web site:
> ******************************************************