CHAPTER 6

Designing Packaging for the Simple Recycler: How MRFs Work

Ron Gonen

Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer, Closed Loop Partners; Cofounder and Former CEO, Recyclebank;Former Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability, New York City Department of Sanitation

THE ECONOMIC INCENTIVE TO COLLECT, PROCESS, AND sell post-consumer waste for use in new production comes from whether or not recyclers can make a profit on the sale of materials after their costs to collect and process it. These costs are in part related to the capabilities of the local materials recovery facility, or MRF.1 Also known as a materials reclamation facility, materials recycling facility, and multi-reuse facility, a MRF is the intermediate processing destination ...

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