The U.S. government spends billions of dollars annually to clean up its own waste.
But some states are making things even more difficult for the nation’s poorest residents by charging them a steep fee for recycling.
The federal government spends $50 billion on recyclables and other recyclable materials annually, according to a recent analysis by the Government Accountability Office.
That number has climbed to $86 billion by 2020, but recyclers are finding that the government is simply not paying them enough.
The most common reason for a fee is that states are required to pay for the costs of the programs and programs aren’t efficient enough, such as the fact that states often have to pay more for recycling than they collect from customers.
But there are some states that have taken things a step further and charged a fee for each recycled piece.
States have varying fees based on the type of recyclant they are, according a recent report by the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
For example, some states charge fees for plastic bags and plastic containers.
Other states charge a fee to use water and a fee depending on how much it costs to run a recycling plant.
States can also charge a one-time fee for the use of their recycling facilities, but that fee is often not included in their annual budgets.
According to the report, states spend $6 billion on recycling and other waste services annually, but the U. S. is only one of 13 countries that have no recycling tax.
In those countries, recycling is subsidized by the government and there are no fees for the process.
The Institute for local self-reliance, which advocates for low-income people and families, said the federal government should do more to fund recycling and to ensure that all Americans have access to a safe, clean and affordable waste system.
“We need to ensure a waste-to-energy system is the cleanest and cheapest available for our communities, and that it’s efficient, efficient and that its systems are designed to maximize the benefits of the communities that it serves,” said John O’Neill, executive director of the institute.
States that are not charging recyclants fees are the ones that are using other ways to help people get rid of their waste.
The National Recycling Association, which represents recyclators and recyclists, says states are taking an important step toward recycling, but it’s not the only way.
“It’s a way of supporting businesses and individuals, but more importantly, it’s a good way to reduce pollution,” said David Stumpf, president of the association.
“It’s also a way to help families get rid for the most part of their household waste, including plastics, and it’s also an excellent way to get rid a lot of paper.”
States can still collect recycling fees and other fees on a per-item basis.
The Institute forLocal Self-reliant estimates that every year, recyclents collect $2.4 billion from their customers.
In some states, the recycling fees are capped at a certain amount.
But there are several states that offer no cap and that allows states to charge fees as high as $2 per item.