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Employees at Deffenbaugh Industries, a private company specializing in trash and recycling collections, sort nonrecyclable trash on a conveyor belt. The Kansas City, Kan., recycling center has a system that automatically sorts the different recyclable materials after passing this first group of employees. Because the company's trucks can pick up mixed recyclables at curbside, the service is much cheaper for communities. Deffenbaugh uses its own trucks and crews to operate curbside recycling in several cities, including Shawnee, Prairie Village and Kansas City, Mo.

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