CalRecycle`s paper recycling contract for state offices in Sacramento and its metal recycling contracts for Caltrans are good examples of revenue creation contracts. Here are some remarkable features of these contracts: private companies can offer opportunities that could benefit a facility. For example, local non-profit agencies may offer inexpensive recycling collection or offer the opportunity to donate valuable materials to a cause that benefits the Community. These types of organizations can also provide recycling bins, remove pallets, shred confidential documents and provide promotional materials to train staff. NOTE: These examples of contact sites are intended to provide general information and to report issues to be considered with respect to recycling service contracts. They are not intended to replace legal advice and should only be used in conjunction with counsel. If the current waste management contract is based on the frequency of service or the amount of waste produced and not on a flat fee, waste prevention and recycling can be financially cost-effective. Facilities can reduce disposal costs and sometimes derive revenue from the sale of separate valuable materials. Due to new laws, such as mandatory commercial recycling, the current tractor could be ready and willing to provide an additional ton of mixed value materials at little or no cost.

Many contracts allow recyclers to pay less or charge for denied or contaminated charges. Even in the case of valuable mixed materials, the presence of waste in materials of value to the recycler or denper can result from difficult cases. Continuous staff training reduces the frequency of contamination. Each contract must have a pre-defined procedure for managing charges that are too contaminated for recycling, with clearly defined steps for documentation of rejected charges. Each public authority is required to appoint a recycling coordinator. The recycling coordinator may be responsible for a building or several facilities and knowledge of his agency`s management and recycling options at his agency`s sites, the recycling coordinator is generally responsible for submitting the Agency`s annual report to CalRecycle and calculating the Agency`s per capita disposal rate. CalRecycle advises Facility Managers to contact their agency`s administrative offices to identify their agency`s recycling coordinator. If your agency is located in a larger building with multiple companies, contact the building manager to check on current recycling activities, existing recycling contracts and opportunities for improvement. Many waste management service providers offer refined recycling: a garbage can for all valuable materials and a separate garbage can. This “individual current” of materials is routed to a material recovery plant (MRF) where it is sorted by material type and sold to brokers. Not all recycling activities generate revenue. In some cases, revenues can offset the cost of waste management or even support other recycling activities.

In many other cases, the waste management service provider will agree to take valuable materials free of charge and disposal costs will decrease as waste production decreases.