Infrastructure/Capital funding demands are up, while revenues are down. One of the County's funding mechanisms is the revenue received from the sale of recyclables processed through the MRF. All of the recyclables collected curbside, from multi-family housing, and from drop-off centers are taken to this facility for separation and preparation for transport to a manufacturer who will process the material into a new product. The manufacturers who receive these materials are still reliable, but the price paid for many of the materials we recycle have been depressed for the last several years. Recyclables are commodities bought and sold both within the US and internationally and pricing is governed by a complex set of variables. For example, the price for recycled plastics is primarily determined by four factors: crude oil prices, the global economy's impact on demand for virgin plastics; the Chinese economy and the growth of industries intensively using plastics in goods; and regulation. For paper, the availability and price of virgin pulp and in turn for timber are key determinants along with demand for paper products and more importantly, demand for recycled content paper products.
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