2014 Recycling Numbers

In 2014, the Lawrence County Solid Waste Management District collected many recyclables from residents

and businesses. In most cases these materials are sold at a market value, and the revenue generated is used to fund future recycling efforts in our county!

 

Here are the 2014 Totals:

 

 

Material

Tons

Revenue

Aluminum Cans

5.6395

$4,726.51

Scrap Metal

27.34

$6,513.55

Steel Cans

8.49

$1,854.30

Water Heater

2.4

$529.00

Paper

174.16

$10,105.00

Glass

53.25

Plastic

39.54

$5,365.80

Cardboard

347.69

$28,415.35

Totals:

658.51

$57,509.51

Keep on recycling, so we can keep these

valuable materials out of the landfill!


*Why do we pay for glass to be recycled? LCSWMD actually saves money by recycling glass instead of taking it to the landfill: it costs $7.11/ton to recycle glass with our purchaser Strategic Materials, but over $30/ton to discard it in the Medora Landfill.

The money we spend on glass recycling covers the cost of sorting and crushing the glass at the Strategic Materials plant. A good way to help keep down the cost of glass recycling is to reduce contaminants like trash... make sure you only recycle glass bottles and jars!