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Personal recycling negatively impacting Naha City budget

Date Posted: 2008-12-18

The world financial crisis is spawning changes in personal lifestyles, with individuals turning to recycling to save money. Those changes are adversely affecting Naha Cityís budget.

Naha City was expecting to generate •100 million annually recycling empty cans, pet bottles, newspapers and old books, as profits had been rising before the downward economic spiral began. Now, it says prices are down 50%, with drink cans down 60% and old paper revenues plummeting 82%.

Until 2003, private trash collectors handled the waste products and netted the profits. In 2005 Naha City took over, earning profits of •26 million the first year, •50 million in 2006 and •94 million last year.

Naha City officials say individuals are capitalizing on turning in their own trash for profit. The official says the capital city isnít the only municipality affected; all other communities are discovering the same loss of revenues.

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