SEK Recycling Finances

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Published on August 13, 2019 -

SEK Recycling Finances

Officials at the S-E-K Recycling Center are looking at their business model as changes in the recycling market have meant hardships for the non-profit.


SEK Recycling Finances

70s eventually upper 60s later on tonight of course were look at recycling center are looking at their business model as changes in the recycling market have meant hardships for the non-profit.

Koam's zach dodge has details.

Triplett: "when we get to the point that we can't make payroll, we're gonna have to close the doors."

The s-e-k recycling center is facing financial struggles that could have a long term impact.

Last friday, officials with the center asked the crawford county commission for funds so they could pay their employees..

Because they were short by around four thousand dollars for the month.

Johnson: "the county actually had some bills with them, so we paid them early basically.

And that helped to get them over their hump for payroll this week."

But it's a problem that could drag on..

For a number of reasons.

Triplett: "our mission at this recycling center is to divert materials from the land fill.

We take a lot of stuff that we don't make money off of."

They've also had recent trouble selling the paper they take.

Triplett: "we just shipped out a load of white paper..

First load we've been able to get out for months because the dang paper mill that takes our paper was flooded."

But a big problem they have right now..

Is getting rid of plastic.

Triplett says the company in iowa they used to sell their plastic to has stopped buying it..

Because they can no longer get rid of it either.

Triplett: "china has refused to take those commodities.

We're getting a glut of materials that have no home.

They're projecting being short by between four and five thousand dollars every month till the end of the year.

So they asked the county for monthly funding until they can find a permanent solution.

Zach: "the center is currently looking at several different solutions to the problem, one of which may be to no longer accept plastic at all."

Triplett: "this is a long term problem and a change in the markets, and we're gonna have to figure out a way to adjust and change if we're gonna survive."

In crawford county, zach dodge, koam news.

Dowe: county commissioners are currently re-negotiating their contract with the land fill to include some kind of payment to the recycling center.

They will also discuss what they can afford to give the recycling center during their meeting on friday.

Dowe:

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