NERC has published the fifth in its series of quarterly reports on the blended value of a ton of materials marketed at MRFs in the Northeast. This report covers the period April – June 2020, and is somewhat different from previous reports. Eleven states are represented in this report, including Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

The latest report reveals some interesting trends:

  • The value of a ton of MRF materials increased significantly in the period April – June 2020 compared to the previous quarter, both with and without the cost of managing residuals.
    • Average commodity value per ton with the expense of handling residuals: $46.06 – up 21%
    • Average commodity value per ton without residuals: $53.80 – up 19%
  • The average value of a ton also increased compared to the first quarter of this research (April – June 2019)
    • Average commodity value per ton with residuals increase of +0.05%.
    • Average commodity value per ton without residuals increase of +4%.
  • The average processing cost per ton: $91/ton. This quarter represents a decrease of 5% as compared to the previous period.

The survey will be repeated for the quarter July – September 2020 and a report published of the results. The study was made possible with a grant from EPA Region 3.

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