LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The Longview City Council has voted for a new contract with a local recycling company which would require the city to pay the company to take materials.
The city unanimously voted for the contract, which would require the city to pay $20 per ton.
In 2012, the city entered into an agreement with Rivers Recycling in which the company actually paid the city for recyclables.
But in today’s recycling economy it is no longer profitable for the company to pay for recyclables, according to Dwayne Archer, the city department of public affairs assistant director.
Until recently, according to Archer, China bought most of U.S. recycling. They have since placed restrictions on what they’ll take.
“China has said we’re only going to take certain materials and certain materials contamination rate, if it gets over this we’re not going to accept it. And it’s a very low rate," Archer said in an interview on Wednesday.
The city voted on the new agreement during Thursday night’s meeting.