Recycling centers closing: What to do with all that Christmas wrapping?


I pride myself on separating my paper, glass, plastic into separate recycling bins. But now after reading that recycling centers nationwide are being hit by recession and closing their doors, I don't know what to do with all my trash.

As consumer desire for new homes, cars, electronics and appliances wane, so do steel and pulp mills' demand for all the material that make up those things.

Most recyclables are shipped to Asian countries that use the material to make products that are shipped back to the U.S. to be sold, but if we don't buy anything, the scrap heap sits idle and gets bigger. That means a big drop in prices recyclers get for the trash they amass -- cardboard that sold for $135 a ton in September now goes for $35, and scrap metal tumbled from $525 a ton to $100.