According to Michael Durfor
, the leader of a nonprofit that coordinates waste haulers for 400 New England municipalities, the broader recycling challenges are not unique to Thetford - or even to New England - and in his
opinion, the root cause stretches to the other side of the world.
"The markets themselves are in a very volatile state, so everybody's having to re-examine what makes sense, what's cost effective and what's sustainable," said Durfor, executive director of the Northeast Regional Recovery Association, whose municipal clients include Thetford and many other Upper Valley towns.
"It's tied to the global marketplace."
said that while China is a "big buyer of recyclables," the market there for recyclables is constricting more rapidly than many in the industry had expected.
But while Durfor
said discussions continue between NRRA
and all of its haulers, the concern among some towns is that long round trips are becoming less and less attractive for haulers.
said the plan may be more plausible than Wolfe had suggested.
said that while it won't be in the near future or at previous levels, he
expects the markets will normalize, and he
hopes towns and taxpayers don't give up on recycling before then.
"The biggest thing is just patience," he
said, "and not to give up on a recycling program that's been successful over the years when they stub their toe."