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Record-high amount of recyclables marketed by Pierce recycling center

A record-high amount of recyclables was marketed by Pierce County's recycling center last year, according to the annual report from the solid waste department.

The department marketed a total of 4,813 tons, an increase of 1,756 tons over the previous year, the report states.

However, the materials marketed in 2009 generated $345,326 in gross material sales, a decrease of $28,398 from 2008, it states. The soft/low market prices paid for materials in '09 translated into an increase in the amount of material tons received/marketed, as well as the decrease in gross material sales.

Last year's record marketed tonnage followed a two-year downturn in that category, a 13-year comparison in the report shows. The amount for the previous year had been 3,057 tons and, for 2007, slightly higher at 3,500 tons. The highest earlier total had been in 2006, when 4,309 tons were marketed.

Marketed revenues peaked at $430,746 in 2004, the comparison shows. The next highest revenue amount was realized in 2007, at $417,000. Totals above $400,000 also occurred in 2005, at $415,291, and 2006, at $403,837.

Read more in the print version of the Herald June 9.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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