If you've ever wondered what happens to the old newspapers, water bottles and laundry detergent containers you put at your curb once a week, you might be surprised to learn where they go and what they're worth. The items that I thought had value didn't, but things that I thought were worthless were the stars of the recycle pile.
Environment and economics are the driving factors behind any recycling program. That's according to Craig Brandon, Montclair N.J.'s Supervisor of Solid Waste Management. Craig spent a good hour explaining some of the ins and outs of the recycling business to me when I visited him in his office.