Amid crisis, lawmakers take fresh look at N.J.’s recycling system

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The state Legislature on Thursday looked to examine ways to fix the state’s recycling system, now in such a crisis that some communities pay more to recycle than to dispose of their garbage.

The collapse of the recycling market — not just here in New Jersey, but across the country — was triggered by the collapse of markets in China and elsewhere in Asia to accept recycled materials. The net result is the erosion of the entire sector, increasing costs to local governments and counties and straining already tight budgets …

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