A decade ago, many communities undertook massive recycling efforts to avert a so-called garbage crisis.  Now that millions have been spent creating new garbage recycling programs, it appears many communities are encountering a new pile of problems.  Take Buffalo, New York, for instance.  Recently the Buffalo News reported that for both the city itself and the 33 communities surrounding it, recycling programs were both costly and ineffective.  Whereas the state required a recycling goal of 40%, today the regional average is only around 10-25 percent, and many communities are paying hefty fees to incinerate the recyclables they generate because there are no markets for them.  Maybe it’s time to rethink, not recycle, our way out of this garbage dilemma.

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