Bales of plastic stacked up in the Texas Recycling plant on July 27 in Dallas. (Ting Shen/The Dallas Morning News)
The past couple of years of relatively cheap crude oil and natural gas has upended the industry with the greenest image: recycling.
Yes, it's still an advantage for many businesses and municipalities to recycle rather than have the junk hauled to a landfill.
But only a few years ago, there was plenty of cash in reselling that trash -- paper, plastics and metal -- to provide a nice profit for the recycling companies and give money back to the cities and companies producing the waste.
No longer. And if that doesn't turn around, it may mean some people will pay relatively more for trash pickup than if the market for recycling were better.