With prices tumbling for scrap metal, used paper and old plastic bottles, recycling firms around Indiana are watching revenue drop. Most are working harder to find buyers that will pay a decent price for their truckloads of materials. Some are idling operations.
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed an April 2015 court decision that favored of the city of Indianapolis and the Board of Public Works regarding a controversial contract with Covanta to create a trash and recycling center.
A recycling plant in Montgomery, Alabama, that Indianapolis officials once touted as a successful model of "one-bin" combined waste and recycling has at least temporarily shut down, citing a drop in the commodities market.
Under a plan by Indianapolis and Covanta, consumers would throw everything into one trash bin and automated sorting equipment would pluck out recyclables. Opponents say the early experience of Montgomery, Alabama, provides evidence that the sorting technology isn't effective.