Amount of Recycling Rises

Caledonia residents in 2012 recycled more than in 2011. Way to go!

Congratulations, Caledonia! In 2012, residents recycled almost 10 percent more than in 2011.

According to a report from Village Engineer Mike Hayek, residents recycled 173 pounds per person, up from 160 pounds per person in 2011.

That means in 2012, a total amount of around 2,137.6 tons of stuff was recycled, up from around 1,977 pounds in 2011. Village residents also tossed out 7,417.5 pounds of garbage, making recylables almost 25 percent of what's collected. 

"The money from recycling reduces collection costs to the citizens, landfill space and our use of raw materials," he said.

Residents can view the full report from Hayek's office attached to this story. 

Heather in Caledonia April 19, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Fred, it would be good to see the actual breakdown in how it's cheaper, but the cost savings usually come from the sale of the materials to companies that reuse the material. It's cheaper to sell the garbage instead of paying to have it put in the landfill. I don't know, though, if there are subsidies that come into play or not. If so, then it may not really be cheaper.
Mike Itzenhuiser April 20, 2013 at 03:14 AM
I bring my own aluminum and keep the cash. I'm not going to recycle to let someone else collect. That's my money.
Phil Krembs April 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM
One thing i can't seem to wrap my head around is how do they recycle these materials when they are all mixed together? I mean, before we had John's as the pick-up service, at least they separated the paper and cardboard from the other materials. Now they just dump everything in together. Paper, cardboard/corrugated, aluminium, tin, plastics of all kinds, all mixed together. I would like to know how much gets recycled and how much still ends up in the landfill. I am trying to imagine what this pile looks like when it gets to the recycle center and how it all gets separated.
Heather in Caledonia April 20, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Mike, I take my own aluminum and other metals in except for cans from canned food. I think they still make money on those cans because they have such a large amount of them. I have to save up quite a lot, though, to make it worth my gas money to drive the stuff in. Phil, there are companies that specialize in this stuff. I've seen TV shows that explain how they separate and process the items. I think a lot of it's done in Mexico. Obviously, the iron is removed with magnets. Other things are separated by shaking the stuff on conveyer belts - paper "floats" to the top. Some of it's done by hand. I would like to know, though, if there's any government money involved, how much, and at what point in the process.
Django Freeman April 20, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Doesn't sound like there's much return on investment w/ recycling.


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