Treasure In Trash: Niles Earned $21,837 from Recycling

That was for six months; trustee urges residents to recycle. However, residents have been recycling less, not more.

Guess what--your old newspapers, cans and other recyclables are worth money.

$21, 837 for the six months from November to April, to be exact.

That's the amount the Village of Niles took in from the recyclables it gathered from residents.

Groot Industries Inc., a waste disposal company, pays the Solid Waste Agency of Cook County (SWANCC) for recyclable materials that its member municipalities, of which Niles is one, collect from residents. 

Niles Trustee Louella Preston, who sits on the SWANCC board, announced the payment to Niles at the June 26 village board meeting.

"So I encourage you to do more recycling," she told the audience. 

Unfortunately, SWANCC statistics indicate the trend is that residents in Niles and other municipalities are recycling less, not more.

Niles earned $44,855 in fiscal year 2009 through this recycling rebate  program, $9,412.92 in fiscal year 2010 and $27,128 in fiscal year 2011. The payments do not correlate exactly to the number of tons of recyclables provided because the market rate for various recycled materials varies from year to year.

Preston would like to see residents increase the quantity of material they put in their recycling bins.

"It does pay to recycle," she said. 

Clark Kent July 13, 2011 at 04:25 PM
If the market rate for recyclables varies, then it is a poor standard for making absolute comparisons. Does Mrs. Preston also report tonnage which reflects actual rather than variable data? A pound of something always weighs a pound, but a dollar isn't always worth a dollar. http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl?cost1=1&year1=1960&year2=2011 Perhaps to reduce other costs and provide the "diversity" Mrs.Preston wants in popular representation, there should be "term limits" for elected politicians...Recycle them! (and probably for the same reason)
Pam DeFiglio July 13, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Clark, SWANCC staff compiled reports on the tonnage, and reported the market price they could get that year for the various types of recyclables. Preston didn't have anything to do with that.
Clark Kent July 14, 2011 at 02:36 AM
I know Mrs. Preston has nothing to do with the compilation of the SWANCC reports. My question was if she reported tonnage at the meeting.


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