The Northeast Kingdom Recycling Cooperative is $20,000 in the hole, but doing better than the operations board expected.
A graph of last year's monthly tonnage showed that more recyclables were collected in the months of August and September. According to David Dill, board member, more sales are also made during those months.
The material that brings one of the lowest prices per ton is boxboard, and the board decided Thursday to stop collecting it on Oct. 1.
David Ormiston, acting executive director, was hesitant to stop collecting any item that was recyclable. Cereal and other food boxes are made of boxboard, and although it seems like it should be in abundance, not many people recycle it. Ormiston explained that boxboard accumulates slowly and is hard to sell.
"Using it as bin sides is more useful to us than sending it out," he said. The board also considered the possibility of not collecting junk mail and magazines any longer.
They were a little more hesitant about this recyclable material. According to Ormiston, junk mail and magazines make up a significant amount of what people do recycle.
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