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Hendersonville's new recycling program may not survive

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News4 has learned that in some places products tossed into the recycling bin still end up in the landfill.

In Hendersonville, the city’s new recycling program may not survive.

Hendersonville's pilot recycling program debuted last year and people are participating at an impressive rate.

Yet Mayor Jamie Clary said it's unclear whether the program will continue. 

"We don't want to make that next big expense by adding more bins out there unless we know for sure that it's not just going to a landfill," said Clary.

Here’s the problem: the prices of recycled paper, cardboard and plastic have plummeted.

Recycling companies across the country are struggling to make a profit.

Sometimes companies are collecting recyclables, then dumping them in the landfill anyway, and Clary said they can't guarantee that's not happening in Hendersonville.

"If it's going to a landfill, it's not recycling," said Clary.

That isn’t happening in Nashville, however.

"We have a contract with Waste Management and the contract specifically states they can't landfill any material," said Sharon Smith, the assistant director of Metro Public Works.

Smith said they perform periodic audits to make sure recyclables in Nashville actually get recycled.

Still, she said, you can help ensure the survival of recycling by doing it responsibly.

"Some of the things we find at the recycling facility are things like plastic bags. They can wind around the equipment and they can actually cause damage," said Smith.

Smith also suggested being like Jenn Tworek-Komara and, despite the recycling crisis, don't give up.

"I just think it's really important that we do our part and hopefully if everybody does just a little bit then things will get better," said Tworek-Komara.

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