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Gov’t losing money on recycling efforts

Government lost more than $17,000 over a nine-month span shipping and selling recyclable materials to a Florida-based buyer, according to information obtained through an FOI request.

The data from the Department of Environmental Health shows shipping costs from 1 June 2017 through mid-March 2018 were nearly $25,000. The revenue earned came in at just more than $7,000.

Cayman 27’s Kevin Morales has more.

“Five years ago, you could make money,” said Junk General Manager. “The value of commodities has plunged.”

Government took on the responsibility of shipping and selling recyclables in 2016. Since then, Mr. Bodden says, more sellers have entered the business and one of the main buyers — China — is no longer active in purchasing materials.

Mr. Bodden says Government could cut its losses by changing the way it ships the materials.

Cayman 27 reached out to the DEH for comment. We’ve yet to hear back.

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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