El Dorado cuts recycling program due to rising costs

EL DORADO, Kan. The increasing cost of recycling is forcing some to shut down programs.

Wednesday afternoon, the City of El Dorado closed its recycling program because of high costs. The city says it will now save more than $50,000 before the end of the year.

Once an affordable option to cut down on the amount of trash going to the landfill, El Dorado says recycling is becoming too expensive.

"As we went from $55 a ton to $75 a ton, and now we're anticipating $90 a ton, and then, who knows what will happen next in the future, next year?" says El Dorado City Manager David Dillner. "As costs continue to increase, we can't increase the refuse fee enough to stay on top of that."

One El Dorado homeowner who appreciates recycling says she's concerned there isn't a place to take her recyclables anymore, but she is glad she can use her recycling cart as a secondary trash can.

El Dorado resident Samantha Hasting says despite the program closing down, she hopes to continue recycling.

"I have lots of stuff I can recycle and I always looked at what can be recycled," she says. '(I'm not) sure what I'm going to do with it now besides throw it away."

If you have recyclables, but don't have an option for curbside pick up, you can contact your trash provider to see what options they might have to help.

China not accepting the amount of plastic and paper it used to is one factor driving up costs, affecting recycling prices.