University City examines recycling options in the face of rising costs

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.

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