Local Recycling Programs Feeling the Effects of COVID-19 and Limited Market for Recyclables

Recently, the Montgomery Advertiser shared information about the recycling program in Montgomery and the request from the city’s provider increase fees $2 per customer’s monthly recycling fee. This increase would help offset the facility operational losses. With everyone feeling the effects of COVID-19, the recycling industry has taken an additional hit since China has banned the import of recyclable goods.

This article highlights an issue that our collection facility has been dealing with since its inception earlier this year. The Elmore County/ City of Wetumpka Collection Facility has specific recycling containers at our facility encouraging citizens to continue the sorting required to efficiently recycle, however, COVID-19 restrictions and the lack of a market for recyclables both make the program financially impossible. We appreciate your patience while we explore avenues for our citizens to resume recycling in the future.