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Waste Management to Assess New Recycling Fee for Orange County, Fla.

The $42-a-ton fee facing Orange County and its municipalities is being assessed by Waste Management, which operates Orange County-owned recycling centers.

Orange County, Fla., which had never charged cities to process municipal recyclables, has recently informed cities that they may have to pay the city's recycling centers operator Waste Management a $42-per-ton fee as of July 1. This fee was created due to the decline in commodity values and the additional service charges required by contractors who sort and sell bundled commodities.

Orlando Sentinel has more details:

Plummeting worldwide prices for recycled aluminum, glass, paper and plastics have some Central Florida cities down in the dumps about recycling.

Orange County, which had never charged to process municipal recyclables, informed cities they may have to pay Waste Management a $42-per-ton fee as of July 1.

Waste Management operates Orange County-owned recycling centers.

Read the full story here.

Correction: July 11, 2017
An earlier version of this story misstated the organization assessing the recycling fee. The $42-a-ton fee facing Orange County and its municipalities is being assessed by Waste Management, which operates Orange County-owned recycling centers. The county also must pay that fee to process its recyclables. If the fee had been in effect for the previous 12 months, Orange would have had to pay about $430,000.
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