This is the 12th in NERC’s series of quarterly reports on the market value of commodities from MRFs in the Northeast. The report covers the period January – March 2022. Seven states are represented in the report, including Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Overall, values were down somewhat from the previous quarter.
- Average value per ton with the expense of handling residuals: $147.12– down 15% from the previous quarter.
- Average value per ton without residuals: $184.63 – down 14% the previous quarter.
These survey results reflect the differing laws and collection options in the participating states. Four of the states have beverage container deposit laws. As a result, fewer glass bottles, PET bottles and aluminum cans are processed in MRFs in those states. Those MRFs are also likely to have less revenue from those recyclables. In addition, the report reflects a mix of single stream, dual stream and source separation to collect recyclables with single stream being the most common approach. The type of collection used will have an impact on MRF design and operation. Thus, the data from this report reflects the unique blend of facilities and statewide laws in the reporting states.