The City of Berkeley is facing a $10 million budget deficit, due in large part to an increase in recycling, which has lessened garbage-collection revenues, the Chron reports. In fact, Berkeley residents are recycling so much these days, that they’ve decided to downsize their garbage cans, thereby costing the city much-needed funds, because Berkeley charges collection fees based on the size of the cans.
The city also has been stung by the plunging prices for recyclables around the globe. That means the city gets less money when it tries to sell paper, aluminum and other recyclable materials that it collects from residents. According to the Chron, $4 million of the city’s $10 million budget gap is being caused by the decline in refuse revenues.