Resource Recycling Systems awarded CSSA contract to determine impacts of materials on recycling costs in Canadian PPP programs
Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance to redefine methodology used in Canadian packaging and printed paper (PPP) recycling programs
December 18, 2017, Ann Arbor, Mich. - Sustainability and recycling consultancy Resource Recycling Systems, Inc. (RRS) has been awarded the Material Cost Differentiation (MCD) contract with the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) to redefine the methodology used in Canadian packaging and printed paper (PPP) recycling programs to determine the relative impacts of material characteristics on the cost of the recycling system activities.
CSSA is a national, non-profit organization, representing the interests of Canadian businesses and providing support services to four PPP stewardship programs across Canada. Through these stewardship programs, producers of PPP are responsible for financing some or all of the costs to recycle their materials at the end of their useful life. Stewardship organizations receive fees from businesses across Canada to meet their obligations under the extended producer responsibility (EPR) provincial regulations.
"Material characteristics - for example flexibility, size, bulkiness, and abrasiveness - can have significant impact on costs in the recycling system," stated Michael Timpane, vice president of process optimization and material recovery at RRS. "This study will assist in redefining the calculation of a critical input to stewardship fees based on the impact that various material characteristics, and changing material mixes, cause in the recycling system."
During this multi-phased project, RRS will work closely with CSSA and engage with PPP program operators, supply chain partners, and equipment manufacturers to develop a methodology for identifying recycling system cost impacts of PPP based on material characteristics and material mixes through research, field testing, and cost modeling.
The MCD project, launched in October of 2016, is guided by eight principles established by a working group with representatives from the following PPP stewardship organizations: Recycle BC, Multi-Material Stewardship Western, Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba, and Stewardship Ontario.
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.