The United States has undergone a cultural shift in its waste habits over the last 20 years. Lowering the amount of refuse headed to landfills and increasing the percentage of recycled waste has become a governing principle in homes as well as businesses.
“When I am done with a water bottle, if I don’t see a recycling bin, I can’t just throw it away,” said Frank Ferral, program director for the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce.
That has become the prevailing attitude during the last two decades in which the ubiquitous blue recycling bin has become as common as trash cans once were. Education and government dictates have increased reusable materials and reduced garbage-cluttering landfills.
By almost every measure, recycling efforts in the United States have been a success. That success has been a boon to what has been a profitable enterprise for area businesses that specialize in dealing with recycled materials. That is, until recently... Read More