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Recap: Costs: More or Less

On October 4, 2013, GBB President and Co-Founder, Harvey Gershman led a fascinating conversation with a group of MRN members around factors driving costs, new technologies and the impact of China’s Green Fence. Cost-saving options discussed included unbundling collection from processing, negotiating long‐term contracts so vendors can spread capital depreciation over a longer time frame, automated collection, every other week collection and closed market contracting.  

Gershman also described new conversion technologies and shared findings from his recent trip to Germany where the introduction of leading edge mechanical biological treatment to waste processing offers great promise for waste reduction and cost control. He closed with an analysis of the effect China’s Green Fence may have on recycling in the US and MD.

His full slide deck can be viewed here.