For Immediate Release: November 15, 2019
Rising costs amid a volatile recycling market result in changes to city’s collection
Like many communities across the country, the City of Douglas recycling program is struggling to maintain existing service levels amid soaring operational costs.
The City began its recycling program nearly 20 years ago. The revenue generated by the recyclables helped to offset the cost of providing the service. However, since March of 2017 the City has incurred growing expenses to the program, which can no longer be absorbed.
Plunging commodity prices for many recyclables and rising costs to process our recyclable materials will result in a change to the City’s recycling program.
Effective immediately, the City of Douglas will divert recyclable materials to the Casper landfill as the City researches cost-effective solutions to mitigate the impacts of increased recycling operational costs. While this is not an easy decision, it will forgo the need for a substantial rate increase in the immediate future.
In the meantime, the City encourages customers to continue practicing positive recycling behaviors. “The City of Douglas will continue to accept recyclables at each of our pickup locations and we encourage the continued sorting of waste, so that when we find a solution people will have not changed their habit of separating recyclables from trash,” says City Administrator Jonathan Teichert.
“The City of Douglas understands and believes that recycling is a vital part of our future. So we’re committed to finding a recycling partner that is sustainable and reliable for our citizens.”