2015 has been a great year for road warriors like myself who have taken full advantage of record low gas prices. Unfortunately it’s been at the expense of the environment and recycling programs are declining even faster than the commodity prices that make them feasible. Scrap Prices have plummeted over the past 2 years and market savvy environmentalists are growing concerned US consumers are loosing interest in Recycling. This couldn’t have come at a worst time because OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and Distributors that fund state managed take back programs have reached their contractual obligations and recycling costs must now be passed onto consumers.
We all know that sooner than later commodities will rebound, gas prices will go back up and recycling programs will not only make dollars but sense. In the mean time US consumers are urged to stay the course and practice good environmental stewardship to protect our fragile Eco system. I can assure you the EPA Enforcement Actions in 2015 are breaking a few records of their own. Clearly the EPA is not concerned with low commodity returns for recyclable material streams and companies who fail to do their due diligence are subject to costly EPA enforcement actions. Just last month Comcast joined the list with a 33 Million dollar EPA enforcement action of their own for improperly disposing of electronics in a local landfill. Their not alone, AT&T received a 52 Million Dollar EPA enforcement Action last year and Target received a 22 Million dollar EPA enforcement action as well.