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Northeast Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) Commodity Values Report

The Northeast Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) Commodities Values Report for the periods April – June 2023 and July – September 2023 showed a slight rise in the average commodity price for Q2 followed by a decline in Q3. The average value of all commodities dropped by 6% with residuals and 7% without from Q1 to Q3.

2023 Q2-Q3 Avg Value Per Ton

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. 

Current Report: Northeast MRF Commodity Values Report November 2023

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