UPDATED: County Commission to Renegotiate Marpan Recycling Contract

UPDATED: County Commission to Renegotiate Marpan Recycling Contract

As 2021 approaches, Leon County is having conversations related to the long-term strategies for an effective recycling program. At their Nov. 17 meeting, the County Commissioners unanimously voted to instruct staff to renegotiate a contract with Marpan Recycling.

Marpan Recycling, the County’s current recycling provider, has stated that their plant is running on a deficit due to a decline in global markets for recycled commodities. This could force them to halt the recycling program altogether, but they are continuing to operate under an interim agreement requested by the Board back in February to allow for time to find more recycling options.

Many local governments are currently having trouble keeping up with their waste load because international markets restrict recyclable goods with a new “National Sword” policy that only accepts recyclables with a 99.5% purity standard. This benchmark is considered unattainable for most countries and has caused commodity prices to drop while looking for new markets for recyclables.

The Commission was faced with seeking an alternate proposal for its single-stream recycling program from other processors if Marpan was not able to meet the County’s expectations in quality, cost or value. Discontinuing the recycling program was considered as an alternate proposal as well, but was dismissed due to community support for the program and Florida’s goal for all counties to reach a 75% recycling rate.

The study of all the alternatives concluded that negotiating new terms with Marpan is the most fiscally responsible and community-based option available at this time. If the County is unable to come up with an agreement with Marpan, they will extend current terms until September 2021 to allow for finding more options.

6 Responses to "UPDATED: County Commission to Renegotiate Marpan Recycling Contract"

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    Mike L   November 23, 2020 at 5:56 am

    Yes, lets keep losing money because it makes people feel good, as opposed to doing good. Because the intention is more important than the result… (sarc)

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    Pitt Warner   November 21, 2020 at 6:22 am

    and in the end the contract will be renewed b/c the taxpayers will subsidize a losing proposition: recycling. We do it. We wash, sort, rinse, gift wrap the recycling only to be told the garbage is not recycling. As an act of micro aggression, I occasionally throw a plastic milk jug into regular garbage. Rinsed. Cap off, of course.

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    george penick   November 17, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    This is a very sad situation, but I’ve witnessed it in other places too. We have to weigh the extra cost to keep the recycle program going w/the cost to process and transport our garbage two counties away! Hoping when comparing those costs not to mention the waste of land that it will be taking that the extra costs will not be so hard to swallow.

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    TONY   November 17, 2020 at 10:06 am

    How about all the Plastics and Glass collected be GIVEN to USA Companies that actually use that stuff for their Products. Companies us the Plastics to make Benches, Tables Outside Decks as well as other items and there are companies that use the Glass to make cool Counter Tops, Table Tops and other cool items. If you’re going to waste our Tax Dollars, at least you would be doing it for the Planet and NOT for another Park.

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    Frank   November 16, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Have any measurements standards been set and then met to determine if recycling is even feasible.?

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    Hope   November 16, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    I’m surprised the Democrats haven’t already contracted with China.

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