Plummeting prices call for recycling rethink

Demand for recyclates has suddenly slumped, prompting calls for government action to help firms deal with rising costs. But others argue improved quality is the long-term answer to today’s woes.

Through most of 2008, markets for recyclable waste such as paper and plastic were booming. But prices suddenly collapsed in October due to the global economic downturn, sending shock waves through an industry that had previously enjoyed record prices.

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