North Country:Down Recycling Market Poses Challenges, Opportunities

Brian Patnoe, manager of the Littleton transfer station and recycling center, finds a comfortable seat in 1,000 pounds of plastic. Littleton's transfer station, like those across the nation, is feeling the pinch from a poor recycling market, but it is holding its own and Patnoe is optimistic market conditions will spur technological advances and more recycling in the U.S., and ultimately more waste management and recycling choices. (Photo by Robert Blechl)

The recycling market is like the stock market.

Up and down; fat years and lean years; making communities that sell recyclables nice revenue in the good times and compelling them to keep a tighter watch on their budgets in the bad ones.

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