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Township recycling budget $60,000 in the hole

January 22, 2002

Township recycling budget $60,000 in the hole



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Pennsylvania forces municipalities to recycle old newspapers, tin cans and glass bottles and until last year the municipalities were making money on selling the recyclables.

Prices for all recyclables except aluminum cans hit the skids, creating a huge drop in revenues, Washington Township Administrator Michael Christopher said.

"We used to get $40 a ton for tin cans. Now we get almost nothing," Christopher said.

Newspaper was bringing in $85 a ton at the beginning of 2001. By the end of the year the market dropped to less than $40 a ton.

"The only thing we make money on is aluminum cans," he said.

Christopher said the budget for the recycling center is about $60,000 in the red because of the drop in prices.

He gave the annual report on the recycling center on Pa. 16 East to the Washington Township Supervisors Monday night. The amount brought in was up considerably between 2000 and 2001.

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Last year the center took in 70 tons of aluminum cans compared to 60 tons in 2000.

It recycled more than 928 tons of metal cans last year compared to 795 tons the year before, according to Christopher's report.

As for old newspapers, the center handled 1,285 tons in 2001. In 2000 it took in 1,224 tons of old newsprint.

Plastic recyclables were up too, to 247 tons last year. In 2000 it took in 216 tons of plastic.

The amount of wood chips nearly doubled in 2001 with 404 tons compared to 242 tons in 2000.

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