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[GreenYes] RE: MGP processing costs in NYC
For our MRF, which handles some 10,000 tons of mixed containers a year, the
processing cost for unbagged material is $65 a ton, which includes both
capital and operating costs. However, 80% of the revenue from the sale of
the materials is returned to the user, and often this results in a price of
less than $15 a ton, including residual disposal.

John Reindl, Recycling Manager
Dane County, WI 


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Hammer [mailto:shammer@wastesaver.com]
> Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2002 2:10 PM
> To: GreenYes
> Subject: [GreenYes] MGP processing costs in NYC
> 
> 
> A City Council staffperson asked me to comment on some of the 
> numbers used
> by Mayor Bloomberg to justify the suspension of the 
> metal/glass/plastic
> (MGP) recycling program in New York City.
> 
> I thought I would throw this out for comments by people 
> familiar with the
> cost of processing commingled MGP.  Note that materials are 
> collected from
> labeled containers or blue bags set out by city residents.
> 
> -- Total MGP tons collected per year = 300,000
> -- Projected cost of collecting MGP by NYC Dept of Sanitation 
> = $119/ton
> -- Projected cost of processing MGP by private vendors = 
> $120/ton (includes
> disposal of residue).  Price is based on recent responses to 
> RFP, which are
> much higher than the old price of $45/ton
> 
> Breakdown of materials (by weight) (based on 1999 audit by 
> NYC Comptrollers
> office)
> Metal = 25%
> Glass = 38%
> Plastic = 6%
> Milk/Juice (asceptic) = less than 0.1%
> Residue = 31%
> (note:  this residue rate is lower than the 40% rate quoted 
> by the Mayor in
> his budget address)
> 
> Can anyone quote me comparable processing costs for their 
> (preferably large,
> urban) municipality?
> 
> Thanks very much for your assistance.
> 
> 
> Steve Hammer
> (w) 212-645-9912
> shammer@wastesaver.com
> 
> 
> 
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