Region shrugs off worst of global recycling trouble, but still feels sting

Posted: June 4, 2018 at 1:05 a.m.

Lou Stirek (from right), Dan Gage and Atom Marcum sort plastic bottles Friday at the Bella Vista Recycling Center.

A global disruption in the market for recycled plastic bottles, paper and other materials has reached Northwest Arkansas, leaving one recycler with 200,000 pounds of cardboard waiting for a higher sale price and another paying paper mills to take its paper.

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Atom Marcum (left) and Dan Gage sort plastic bottles Friday at the Bella Vista Recycling Center.

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