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Matt Robbins recycles his pop cartons and other items each time he visits the South Side Transfer Station in Park Rapids. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Economy takes a toll on waste industry

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"As the world goes greener, we go leaner," is Vern Massie's mantra these days.

The Hubbard County solid waste administrator presented the board with a bleak picture of a recycling and waste industry hit hard by the economy.

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People simply aren't generating much trash anymore, he said.

That's a mixed blessing.

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