The Coalition commissioned this independent evaluation of three alternative material recycling scenarios to serve the processing and marketing needs of the Coalition:
- Construction of a new, regional Material Recovery Facility (MRF).
- Collection and hauling to an existing, private MRF in Minnesota or the Dakotas.
- Conversion of the Fergus Falls Recycling Center to process single-sort recyclables.
The primary objective of the Final Report was to compare the economics of the three scenarios. The Final Report is the result of a two-phased project. In Phase 1, a Preliminary Report (May 2016) was developed comparing construction of a new regional MRF to multiple scenarios considering collection and hauling to an existing private MRF. The Preliminary Report indicated that further pursuit of the regional MRF may be a viable option for the Coalition, but there are potential risks to be addressed and plans could be developed for reducing those risks.
Upon review of the Phase 1 report, the Coalition decided to review the feasibility of modifying three specific existing MRFs (Perham, Pope-Douglas, and Fergus Falls) to provide single-sort processing capacity within the region. After discussion of a Technical Memorandum at an October 24, 2016 Coalition meeting, the Coalition selected converting the Fergus Falls Recycling Center to single-sort processing for comparison to construction of a new MRF or hauling to an existing MRF.
As of this time, no further developments are in process for the WCRRC Regional Recycling Evaluation.