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Recycling is a Losing Industry: So What’s Next?

In its hay day, recycling was a profitable business. Employers, cities, and haulers were all making money. Today, it's a losing battle. One national news outlet calls recycling a, "money sucking enterprise."

It's a growing problem in cities across the country. Waste Management, America's largest recycler, reported a $16 million loss in the first quarter of 2015, forcing the company to shutdown one in ten recycling facilities.

In many areas, the burden to cover the cost is now falling to cities and residents. In Washington D.C. and Baltimore, for example, city budgets are funding the recycling plants, but it's not enough. Residents in South Carolina may see a higher recycling bill for their curbside service because of plant closures.

Residents are now asking two questions: Why is recycling in this state? And, is there an alternative solution?

Why the recycling industry is struggling?

How did a once robust industry fall into the red? There are a lot of factors at play, both domestic and abroad.

For starters, the global demand for recycled materials has plummeted. The prices recyclers can get for paper, metal, and plastic bottles aren't what they used to be, and it's eating into profit margins.

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The technology exists to save tons of plastic waste each year by refilling household goods like laundry soap and shampoo. Sign our petition to let big retailers know that you want access to refill technology in your local stores.

Consumers aren't helping the cause either. People are tossing contaminated or non-recyclable products into their blue bins. In Washington D.C., the city provided larger recycling bins in hopes of encouraging residents to recycle. Instead, residents crammed their bins full of non-recyclable items that wound up costing the city 50 percent of its profits on the sale of recycled goods.

Recycling rates across the nation are also stagnant and have been for years. Recycling rates continue to hover around 34 percent, according to EPA. The rates have remained virtually unchanged since 2012.

In addition, consumption of recycled goods has changed. For instance, newspapers have drastically cut their distribution as they turn to online platforms so there's less to recycle.

An alternative solution to recycling

Given the state of the recycling industry, many are wondering if there's an alternative solution that's cost effective and still eco-friendly.

New refill technology could provide the answer many are looking for. The technology exists to allow consumers to refill bottles of their favorite household products. Bottles of soap, shampoo, detergent, mouthwash – they can all be refilled rather than recycled.

How does it work? A small refill station is set up at a local retailer. Consumers simply bring in their bottle, set it inside the refill station, and select the product they want refilled. The machine washes, refills and seals the product.

Imagine how much plastic waste refilling can eliminate. Refilling provides a zero waste solution that bypasses recycling altogether and keeps plastics out of landfills.

Since recycling is a losing industry, it's time to rethink how Americans reuse products. Retailers are hesitant to install refill stations because they assume consumers won't use them. But, given the dismal state of blue bin affairs, it's time to advocate for a new option. It's time to tell retailers, #WeWantRefill.

Take a minute to sign the petition below to let retailers and manufacturers know that #WeWantRefill!

The time to ACT is NOW!

Sign the Petition

The technology exists to save tons of plastic waste each year by refilling household goods like laundry soap and shampoo. Sign our petition to let big retailers know that you want access to refill technology in your local stores.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT!

It's time to tell retailers and manufacturers that we want new technologies to replace plastic waste.

The government hasn't taken the steps necessary to ban plastic waste so it's up to us - the consumer - to petition retailers and manufactures for change.

The technologies exist to create refill stations at your local retail store so why you haven't seen them? Retailers and manufacturers are hesitant to install refill stations because it's a huge industry shift and, most importantly, they have no idea that consumers want it.

When it comes to change, consumers have to take charge. It's time for you to get involved and tell retailers and manufactueres that #WeWantRefill.

The #WeWantRefill movement is gaining momentum, but more must be done. To show retailers how serious you are about using refill technology, please take a minute to sign this petition to send a clear message to retailers that it's time to refill, not waste.

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