A rural Montana county will seek proposals for a privatized recycling program to "recraft" a recycling program that's losing money, the Kalispell, Mont.-based Daily Inter Lake reported.
Flathead County, Mont., has lost $361,091 on its recycling program since 1998, the article indicates. Its current contract with Valley Recycling ends in January. Facing a cost increase of up to 30%, the county's Solid Waste District Board decided to pursue other options, according to the article.
"Typically [the recycling program has] been a financial loser," Public Works Director Dave Prunty said in the article. "Of course the benefit is not putting it into the landfill. It's time to say, 'Let's step back and see what the private side can do.' "