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RE: [GreenYes] Market Rates for Recycling Services
One factor you can use is the Davis-Bacon Act list for wage grade employees.
It is updated yearly and we append it to contracts to ensure recycling
collection contractors (and others) are paying a fair wage.  According to
the last one I have, in this area a "recycling worker" gets $12.78 an hour
and receives Health & Welfare benefits at $2.02 an hour, plus holidays,
uniform allowance, etc.  There are other job titles you can use, like truck
driver or forklift operator, if that is more appropriate.  And I imagine the
wages are regional.

Don't forget to include the cost of the vehicle you use, any equipment that
is purchased or leased, and supplies that are provided to customers (boxes,
bins, etc.).  If your collection time is a fraction of the time spent on
other pick-ups or deliveries, you'd have to take that into account, but
remember if the customer wanted to replace you with a big waste mgmt
company, they'd likely pay full freight.

Hope this helps,
Terri 

 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Valerie Carey [mailto:vcarey@ecosfcc.org] 
Sent:	Thursday, March 21, 2002 3:06 PM
To:	greenyes@grrn.org
Subject:	[GreenYes] Market Rates for Recycling Services

Can anyone direct me to a market rate (in San Francisco, preferrably) for
commercial recycling services? I need to provide an estimate for the value
of the free recycling that we provide to commercial accounts in a specific
area, and the big waste management companies won't give me any info when I
call. OR, does anyone have any suggestions on another way to develop a
similar value estimate other than listing our costs (which are very
comingled with other programs and tough to extract). Please reply directly
to me at vcarey@ecosfcc.org and cc the list. Thank you in advance.
Peace,

Valerie

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