recycles 36,630 tons of material
Seventy-seven western Massachusetts municipalities
recycled a total of 36,630 tons of paper, plastic, metals and
glass from July 2009 through June 2010, with the municipalities
receiving $1.14 million in payments for the recyclables delivered.
The recyclables were processed at the Springfield
Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), a public facility owned by
the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
and operated by Waste Management Recycle America (WMRA).
The pricing for recyclable commodities remained
high for the entire fiscal year, allowing for a revenue share
each month. The average revenue share over the 12 month period
was approximately $39 per ton. Paper is recycled into hardcover
book board and game board at the Newark Paperboard Mill in Fitchburg.
Plastics are sold to companies that make them into fiberfill,
recycling bins, buckets and new bottles.
“In the more than two decades it’s been in
operation, the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility has kept
nearly two billion pounds of solid waste out of landfills and
incinerators, repurposing materials for myriad new uses while
saving energy and water and providing revenue for cities and
towns,” said energy and environmental affairs secretary Ian Bowles,
whose office includes MassDEP.