i-Team: Montgomery Recycling
How Montgomery went from orange bags to no recycing at all. And what's next.
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There was a ground-breaking ceremony in July of 2013 for a unique new municipal recycling facility in Montgomery. It was built with the promise that as much as 85 % of Montgomery’s household garbage would be recycled. If it worked, it would save significant money in landfill costs for the city.
As a disincentive for the IREP company running the plant, the contract called for them to pay a fee for every truckload taken to the landfill and not recycled.
The company started processing the city’s trash in May of 2014……and stopped on October 2, 2015, when they had lots of trash, but a shortage of cash.
The Alabama I-Team’s Tim Lennox investigated the way it went down, and found a solution is at hand.