Market power and MRF processing fees

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Doug Koplow

Jun 29, 2022, 10:16:01 AMJun 29
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Has anybody analyzed the relationship between increasing industry consolidation in waste and recycling (both horizontally and vertically) and spiraling MRF "processing fees"?

General analyses of oligopoly power in the waste sector would also be of interest.


Doug Koplow
Earth Track, Inc.
485 Massachusetts Ave. #3
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Neil Seldman

Jun 29, 2022, 10:45:30 AMJun 29
to Doug Koplow, GreenYes
IHI Doug, I hope you are well and safe.

This report may be of help. See. section on waste.
In my efforts to answer the question of monopoly pricing at MRFs I found one estimate that MRF prices are 1/3 higher due to monopoly pricing. This came from an independent MRF operator who would not let me quote him.

More research is indeed needed.



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Neil Seldman
Waste to Wealth Initiative
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
1200 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

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