The Boston Globe reports that three years ago the city of Boston paid $200,000 for recycling collections. Now the city pays $5 million. The article makes a similar point that The New York Times (who used to own The Boston Globe) did with a news report The Times published during March of last year.
All of the turmoil cities are experiencing is the result of China banning the importation of trash two years ago. Now cities are forced to face the reality of an environmentalist virtue signalling boondoggle, in which most are scaling back or outright cancelling recycling programs.
Penn & Teller dedicated a segment of their Showtime program to recycling and the holes were a mile wide then but have not been realized until now.