I am very sorry to tell you that Infinity Recycling will be closing our doors in the fairly near future. We have informed our recyclers in Talbot and Caroline county that their service will end at the end of this month of March. Presently we plan on continuing our service to the counties of Kent and Queen Anne’s until the end of May. We will continue to provide recycling service to some of our bulk cardboard recyclers for a while longer to see if that limited service is viable.
I am very disappointed that Infinity has come to this point. When we started, over 30 years ago, I knew that rural recycling would be a challenge. I felt that recycling was a necessary practice and I set it up as a nonprofit organization, more like a public utility. We had some years where income covered our expenses, but the value of our materials slid downward while expenses creeped up. After some years of private subsidizing, it became obvious that we could not continue that way. We tried a more aggressive rate hike to compensate for falling material values, but as our service charge rose some customers stopped service, hindering our attempt to balance our books.
There may be some balance due to some of you who have paid for months past May. Please let us know if you would like us to send you the remainder or if you are willing to donate it to us. Also, you may keep your containers or let us know if you want us to pick them up.
I am so disappointed to have come to this. I thank you for having worked with us. We have kept a lot of stuff out of our landfill over these years and I hope that you may continue to recycle.
Dear Recyclers in Talbot and Caroline Counties,
Infinity Recycling is in the process of closing our doors. I have been explaining this move by pointing out that as we have raised our service charge rate, our expenses, such as fuel and wages seem to increase while commodity values are low, and households drop out when they get a higher bill. Infinity has had to be subsidized for years, hoping that markets will improve, and accounts grow, but that has not happened to an appreciative degree, so we have concluded that we cannot continue.
We are now in the process of consolidating, and that process initially involves stopping our service in the two counties farthest away from our facility. We will provide our service to households in Talbot and Caroline counties through the end of March. Our service will end as of the first of April.
So, we need to cover some loose ends. First, our curbside customers may keep their recycling receptacles. If you want us to take them back, please email us your intentions. Secondly, there will be some balance of funds owed to some of you. We would appreciate your donating the outstanding balance although we are quite willing to reimburse you for the amount we owe. Please email us your intentions.
This has been a difficult decision for me. I have been trying to make our little non-profit work in our rural area. Back at our beginning, over thirty years ago, I read that recycling is a high volume, low margin business. The high volume has been the main challenge in our rural area. We serve about 450 customers, and we figured that we need to serve 800 more to be viable, or we need to raise our service charge 75%. Neither goal seems possible.
I would like to thank you for working with us. I know many of you have been with us for decades. I certainly hope that you continue to recycle. Our four-county area has over 30 recycling drop off facilities served by the Maryland Environmental Service (MES) under the Mid-Shore Regional Recycling Program (MRRP).