University City currently pays a third-party about $200,000 a year to sort and resell their curbside recycling. Can they can cut out the middleman and turn the green program into gold?
A University City resident emptied his recycling into the bin labeled "plastics," adding "this is what I have to do to be green."
Municipalities across the country face a similar problem with their recycling programs: the cost of going green is sending their city budget into the red.
"It used to not even be a cost, and now we have to pay for it," Public Works Director Sinan Alpaslan said.