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Front Royal May Not Collect Recyclables

5 July 2019 Front Royal/Warren County News

Front Royal is considering whether or not to continue collecting recyclables in the face of decreased demand.

China’s decision to stop purchasing 90 percent of recyclables it previously bought has caused the price of recyclables to drop from $32 per ton in December of 2017 to less then $5, according to a presentation during Monday’s (7/1/2019) Town Council meeting by Public Works Director Robert Boyer. Winchester is discussing the future of its program, after Frederick County-based Southern Scrap Inc. announced that starting on July 15, 2019, it would no longer accept glass and plastics numbers three through seven from the city. Boyer said Monday that Southern Scrap recently informed Front Royal it no longer accepts cardboard; while the company has not cut off Front Royal completely, the town is stockpiling some of its recyclables and slowing delivery. It could send its recycling to Manassas-based Republic Services for $43,000 a year, which could be paid for by cancelling the purchase of a $48,000 recycling truck or by increasing trash collection fees by 85 cents. Front Royal could also simply suspend the collection of recyclables. The Town Council will vote on the matter at its next regular meeting.

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