Recycling Product News Logo

Recycling Partnership report provides guidance on MRF contracts for government

Best Management Practices report designed to help local recycling programs achieve long-term success

Recycling Partnership logo

On June 24th, The Recycling Partnership released a new report titled Guide to Community Material Recovery Facility Contracts. According to the organization, a contract between a local recycling program and a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) is one of the most impactful legal documents in the U.S. public recycling system. 

Like all contracts, the best MRF processing contract is one that clearly recognizes and protects the interests of both sides and that results in an agreement that both sides would consider fair. Based on this, The Recycling Partnership has issued this guidance document to help public recycling programs and MRFs develop transparent, balanced recycling processing contracts that allow each party to navigate volatile market conditions and an ever-changing landscape of consumer packaging.

"One of the key ways we can create a more resilient curbside recycling system in the U.S. is to make community and MRF contracts work better for both sides," said Scott Mouw, Senior Director of Strategy and Research, The Recycling Partnership. "This Guide builds on the good work of many stakeholders on this issue and is intended to advance the best possible processing service agreements."

The Guide provides an overview of the MRF contracting process and walks through the 11 most important elements of a MRF Contract including: processing fees, revenue sharing, material value determination, acceptable materials mix determination, material audits, material contamination/quality, MRF performance, rejected loads and residue disposal, education and outreach support, contingencies, and reporting and communication.

The Appendix to the report includes examples of "real world" MRF contract language, drawing from existing MRF contracts in communities around the U.S. that can be used as guidance for communities to address many of the key components of contracts in the report. Communities looking for additional guidance can attend the July 15 webinar How to Build a Better MRF Contract by registering here.

Company info

125 Rowell Ct.
Falls Church, VA
US, 22046


Read more

More from Industry News

Sponsored Brought to you by: Machinex Logo

Discover the main features of a reliable & efficient baler

Single-Ram and II-Ram High-Capacity Balers

At Machinex, we've been designing sorting systems for over 35 years, so we know how essential it is for MRF operators to have a baler they can trust and not worry about its operational reliability. This is why we design and manufacture reliable single-ram and II-ram high-capacity balers to specifically help optimize their operations.

 Watch the video of our expert who presents the main features of Machinex balers delivering these important benefits:

  • Easy & accessible maintenance
  • Reduced maintenance & bale handling costs
  • Energy savings
  • Optimal bale density
Learn more
Sponsored Brought to you by: Komptech Americas LLC. Logo

How to streamline C&D waste processing to increase profitability

For C&D recyclers, waste haulers, demolition contractors and landfills, there is a growing opportunity to profit from rethinking processes. Although every operation is different, by streamlining the front end of the C&D operation processes with purpose-built technologies, recyclers can tap into new end markets, accommodate higher material volumes, stay ahead of regulatory restrictions, increase recovery rates and add commodity revenue, while decreasing labor and other costs.

Download the new eBook to learn about:

  • Finding opportunities in the alternative to landfilling C&D
  • How facilities can increase their profits from C&D
  • Using the right C&D processing technology in the right locations
Learn more

Get our newsletter

Subscribe to our free magazine

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more

Get our newsletter