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New Sign of Old Recession: Cheap Cardboard

So times are tough and you might not be able to snag that perfect holiday gift. But oh, fate! It appears there's a new natural resource lining our streets from which you might fashion the perfect present -- or at least snag a little cash. It's Cardboard Glut '08. The price of the recycled stuff dropped last month from $150 a ton to $30 per, making it far less attractive to the "illegal poachers" who often pick the dumped stuff up, skimming $2 to $5 million in recyclable cash off the top of city profits each year. And now we've got piles and piles of eyesore biodegrading in our winter storm. The good news for all you newly homeless people? There's now plenty of eco-friendly building materials just lying about. Happy Holidays!
· City finally has a surplus -- of cardboard [SF Examiner]
· Streetside: The New Homelessness [Curbed SF]