Revenues and Expenses
Each of the above tables covers one full year at the recycling center. The first two columns show the production rate from the materials brought in to the center and the amount of bales shipped out. Sometimes there are bales in the yard from the prior year so it might look like more bales were shipped out than produced. Extra bales produced are stored in the yard until they can be shipped out.
The third column shows the tons of material shipped out and the revenue it generated. The revenue is then broken out to show how much revenue is generated for each bale and for each ton.
The recycling expenses include payroll and benefits, equipment repairs and supplies, freight,and building utilities. Again the expenses are split out to specific materials based on a weighted average and then that number is used to calculate the expenses per bale and expenses per ton.
While recycling is not an economically viable enterprise, the good news is that the District has shipped 4600 tons of material to be recycled. The tables also demonstrate that aluminum and plastic #2 natural are the only materials that are self-supporting. Remember–the first two Rs are Reduce and Reuse.
The alternative to reduce/reuse/recycling is landfilling. Some landfills, like the Klondike Landfill located on the north side of the local airport, can be excavated after many years and the materials would suffer very little degradation due to the soil composition and climate conditions. Some landfills use methods like incineration for waste to energy alternatives.
There is not just one answer for each community’s waste stream plan. Many variables must be considered before a plan can be implemented.