MRF Contracting for Local Governments

The Recycling Partnership released in June a new Guide to Community Material Recovery Facility Contracts 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. 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. 

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.

As part of The New Normal Webinar series, a free webinar program hosted by Resource Recycling, The Recycling Partnership also led a session “How to Build a Better MRF Contract” to provide additional guidance. Watch the recorded webinar HERE.

As Nebraska municipalities are navigating their own “new normal” with recycling in a pandemic, we here at NRC believe this moment can be one of our greatest opportunities for strengthening programs and building more resilient systems for the long-term. Solutions such as contracting, measurement, and education will result in collecting the quality and quantity of recyclable materials necessary for manufacturing and to close the loop for resource recovery.The New Normal Webinar Series launched in July and continues this month with two more webinars on the topics of keeping materials moving and municipal measurement for recycling. Explore the entire New Normal Series HERE and register for the remaining summer webinar series on August 5th and August 26th.