Recycling Industry Created Its Own Mess

American trash habits changed. Recycling companies didn't.

Reuse, reduce, reconsider blaming others.

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The American recycling business is in the dumps. According to Dave Steiner, the CEO of Waste Management, America's largest recycling company, the industry is experiencing a "national crisis," with almost all of America's 2,000 high-tech recycling facilities -- including Steiner's own -- running in the red. Things are so dire that some recyclers are preparing to do the once-unthinkable: charge cities and their residents for accepting their recycling.

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