The recycling honchos are buoyantly encouraged with the MRFs value increase in Q2. This has given a sense of soul uplift to the pandemic withered economy.
Race against turbulent times
- The Material Recovery Facility (MRF) Blended Value research performed by the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) for the second quarter of 2020 in its fifth report reveals MRFs value increase in Q2 that is an increase in the overall value of trash collection materials over the time span, which clashed simultaneously with COVID-19-related constraints.
- For those desiring to unravel the praxis, MRF is a waste recycling plant and a key component in single-stream residential and commercial projects in the recycling industry. The NERC dates back to 2018 when in conglomeration with Regional Recycling Markets Development Committee it was envisioned to collaborate for assimilating necessary information about the value of commodities processed by MRF. Such information was aimed to be helpful in for assessing regional market trends and promoting improved residential recycling and participation.
- The Vermont-based group claims it has gathered data from MRF service providers in 11 states (Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia), which portrayed from the research results of the participants where an increase of 21% in material values can be seen.
- Prior to the fifth report, the very first report which covered the period April to June 2019 encompassed the three months data, which clearly mirrors the per ton for MRF materials commodity value minus residual handling cost at $46.06, which is 21% above in the first quarter as compared to value of $37.93.
- Research by the recycling Association even demonstrates that the Curbside recyclables have gone up in value throughout restricted months of activity during the pandemic lockdown.
- The average production cost comes at $91 per tonne, which reflects a 5% decline in comparison with the preceding year, in defiance of any stepped-up enforcement costs linked with COVID-19. The cut contrasted sharply with the 10% surge in production costs amid the first quarter of the year 2020.
- The results enshrined in the report are based upon the independent survey and reflect the varied regulations and collection options prevalent across the participating States.
- NERC states remarking on the progress from the second quarter that, “We had expected an apparent effect from the disease outbreak, but still nothing comes off as starkly different from the daily peaks and troughs of end-market costs”. Generally, the values are high, and much of this can be recorded due to enhanced paper values and high plastic prices (despite not all being high).
- OCC’s value shot up during the season, as also the 2019 NERC study of average MRF value increase in Q2 and production shows 25% of the material in old corrugated containers (OCC).
Though the results are encouraging and have shown overriding impact over the pandemic but the survey analysis becomes subjective based upon the approach used, that is, whether it is based upon percentage of a ton represented by each of the commodities or the average value received or paid for each of the commodities, during the period.