The Merchant Model – Recycling Today

Processing-oriented “merchant-style” MRF operations encounter definite business benefits—as well as a few unique challenges—that don’t always apply to their more integrated counterparts.

In contrast to the large, integrated waste and recycling service providers with vast national collection networks, some material recovery facility (MRF) operators have taken a different tack. Instead of collecting residential recyclables to process, these companies depend on hauling and collection companies for their incoming materials, buying recyclables to keep their processing lines busy.

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