Mar­ket demand drops for re­cy­clable items

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - BUSINESS -

It’s getting hard to re­cy­cle. That’s the mes­sage last week from County Waste, which said mar­ket demand for plas­tics, pa­per and other prod­ucts has weak­ened.

Add to that list ob­so­lete elec­tron­ics. A neigh­bor of The Buzz sev­eral weeks ago left an old com­puter mon­i­tor at the curb, with the sign “free,” promi­nently taped to the screen.

When last we checked on Thurs­day, the old cath­ode ray tube was still there.

With a glut of th­ese haz­ardous waste-con­tain­ing mon­i­tors, re­cy­clers will charge $20 or $25 to take them off your hands. Free no longer cuts it.

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