Resource Sustainability is Not Free
Across the country, thousands of municipalities, businesses, institutions and households are working to increase their recycling, reduce their waste and promote a more sustainable existence. They understand how wasting less and recycling more can help conserve resources, protect the environment, support jobs and create value. To make this work effectively, investments in infrastructure are required to deliver the value-added services that our customers demand.
The Decline in Value of Recyclable Materials
In the past, some of the infrastructure was subsidized by the market value of the materials being recycled. Unfortunately, today, this is no longer the case. Commodities like plastic, paper and cardboard are worth far less than they were just 2-4 years ago. It appears that this era of low commodity values has become the new normal.
State Regulations Support Resource Sustainability
Public policy has long supported sustainability while fostering its growth. At Casella, we have an obligation to meet the regulatory requirements and the needs of our customers to ensure the environmental and economic benefits of resource sustainability for generations to come.