Recycling Paying Dividends for Municipalities in Massachusetts

Recycling Paying Dividends for Municipalities in Massachusetts
Recycling Paying Dividends for Municipalities in Massachusetts

Recycling Paying Dividends for Municipalities in Massachusetts

Over 31,000 tons (28,100 tonnes) of plastic, paper, metals and glass were recycled by 77 municipalities in Western Massachusetts during 2011, raising more than $1.4 million in payments for the recyclables delivered.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the recyclables were processed at its own Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), which is operated by Waste Management Recycle America (WMRA).

In 2011 empty non-hazardous aerosol cans and clear plastic clamshell packaging were added to the list of products that residents could send for recycling at the plant.

Once the sorted recyclable materials are sold to end markets, where the department said they are made into products such as hardcover book board, game boards, new metal cans, polyester fibre from plastic bottles and even new recycling bins.

MassDEP said that communities receive a flat payment of $15.67 per ton (907 kg) of recyclables delivered to the MRF. In addition, they also receive a revenue share when the markets buying the recycled feedstock are good.

Due to positive market conditions in 2011, the department said that the participating municipalities received $1.4 million from the MRF operator for the recyclables collected last year.

In addition, MassDEP estimated that the avoided disposal costs saved by municipalities was approximately $2 million.

“Diverting these materials minimises the energy used for extraction of resources necessary to produce the plastic, metal and paper we use every day, and provides real environmental benefits to Massachusetts residents,” commented Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., whose office includes MassDEP.

A full community listing of the 2011 recycling payments and the tonnage of materials recycling follows:

MUNICIPALITY TONS RECYCLED REVENUE
Agawam 1,684 $ 78,041.21
Alford 66 $ 3,072.55
Amherst 1,057 $ 48,985.84
Ashfield 206 $ 9,565.39
Becket 109 $ 5,025.48
Belchertown 433 $ 20,027.25
Bernardston 164 $ 7,572.06
Blandford 63 $ 2,947.70
Buckland 123 $ 5,628.14
Charlemont 86 $ 3,984.72
Chester 56 $ 2,615.41
Chesterfield 66 $ 3,077.68
Chicopee 587 $ 27,700.12
Colrain 110 $ 5,111.97
Conway 199 $ 9,227.42
Cummington 72 $ 3,315.01
Dalton 331 $ 15,374.13
Deerfield 372 $ 17,199.17
East Longmeadow 1,644 $ 75,921.68
Easthampton 253 $ 11,774.19
Egremont 178 $ 8,274.63
Erving 187 $ 8,711.77
Gill 115 $ 5,297.15
Goshen 67 $ 3,094.22
Granby 396 $ 18,323.34
Granville 98 $ 4,533.78
Great Barrington 128 $ 5,976.92
Greenfield 1,697 $ 78,532.33
Hadley 251 $ 11,647.69
Hampden 191 $ 8,797.69
Hatfield 168 $ 7,744.94
Heath 64 $ 2,966.44
Holyoke 1,651 $ 76,524.56
Huntington 138 $ 6,407.28
Lee 161 $ 7,453.73
Lenox 87 $ 4,014.35
Leverett 147 $ 6,817.42
Longmeadow 1,986 $ 91,877.87
Ludlow 1,135 $ 52,490.11
Marlborough 98 $ 4,579.93
Middlefield 35 $ 1,636.05
Montague 616 $ 28,497.71
Monterey 141 $ 6,571.04
Montgomery 54 $ 2,523.22
New Salem 84 $ 3,883.50
Northampton 1,656 $ 76,592.05
Northfield 249 $ 11,581.75
Otis 173 $ 8,079.89
Palmer 99 $ 4,536.39
Pittsfield 2,234 $ 103,259.67
Plainfield 51 $ 2,374.66
Rowe 44 $ 2,060.37
Russell 80 $ 3,706.16
Sandisfield 36 $ 1,599.57
Sheffield 208 $ 9,593.25
Shelburne 137 $ 6,343.37
Shutesbury 204 $ 9,421.53
South Hadley 1,432 $ 66,259.89
Southampton 476 $ 21,964.90
Southwick 415 $ 19,285.92
Springfield 354 $ 16,631.90
Stockbridge 431 $ 20,154.38
Tolland 38 $ 1,813.43
Warwick 50 $ 2,302.04
Washington 23 $ 1,097.99
Wendell 86 $ 3,963.45
West Springfield 1,257 $ 58,380.79
West Stockbridge 162 $ 7,574.83
Westfield 2,208 $ 102,172.12
Westhampton 112 $ 5,133.71
Whately 123 $ 5,652.94
Wilbraham 796 $ 36,729.40
Williamsburg 231 $ 10,703.03
Worthington 105 $ 4,855.32
TOTALS 31,024 $ 1,437,169.49

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