By Bryan Boggiano
Recycling might have a second chance to live in Coral Springs.
The city council will vote on Wednesday on whether or not to approve a recycling services agreement with Waste Management, Inc. that takes effect Nov. 1.
In 2018, the city and Waste Management entered into a contract to process all residential recycling at the company’s material recovery facility (MRF).
But, according to city documents, more non-recyclable items ended up in recycling loads, causing contamination, leading to a rejected load and increased processing costs.
In the new contract, recyclable loads must not contain more than 60 percent contamination.
On May 6, 2020, the commission suspended the contract, resulting in the transfer of recyclable materials to a waste-to-energy facility. Since then, city staff have paid close attention to the recycling market and determined that traditional recycling could thrive in a now stable market.
When the city suspended the contract, the value of the mixed materials processed in the FRMs was around $ 23 / tonne. Now it’s $ 107.37 / tonne. The processing charge for the new deal is $ 120 / tonne, resulting in a loss of $ 12.63 per tonne.
The increase in the value of treated waste has its roots in the economic development of China, which has passed legislation to significantly reduce imported recyclable materials. The price increase is the result of a correction following a fall in the market leading to competition in the domestic markets.
Along with the contract, city staff will undertake an aggressive “Recycle Right” campaign to educate residents on what can and cannot be recycled. According to city documents, this The campaign will include a public outreach program to educate residents about the economic and environmental benefits of recycling, educational materials distributed to every home, and outreach on social media.
The agreement will be valid for two years with an option to renew for two additional one-year periods by written agreement. Three audits will take place on January 1, March 1 and May 1, 2022. Audits will take place every six months thereafter.
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