Why does the town have to pay for Recycling? Isn’t it free?
It costs money to collect the curbside bins, process recycling, remove contamination, and market recyclables. The market has changed so dramatically that oftentimes processing companies (such as EcoMaine - https://www.ecomaine.org) must pay to move materials. These costs get passed on to the communities for the collection of recycled goods (curbside pickup), processing fees, contamination fees, and financial coverage for a further drop in market conditions.