Landfilling vs. Recycling: Costs and Present Discounted Savings

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YEAR

tons/year*

$/ton**

tons/year#

Cost*

Cost#

(5)-(6)

Rec.Cost##/year

1

130,000

$35

97,500

$4.5m

$3.4m

$1.14m

$650th

2

130,000

$35

97,500

$4.5m

$3.4m

$1.14m

$650th

3

130,000

$35

97,500

$4.5m

$3.4m

$1.14m

$650th

4

130,000

$35

97,500

$4.5m

$3.4m

$1.14m

$650th

5

130.000

$35

97,500

$4.5m

$3.4m

$1.14m

$650th

6

130,000

$40

97,500

$5.2m

$3.4m

$1.8m

$650th

7

130,000

$40

97,500

$5.2m

$3.6m

$1.6m

$650th

8

130,000

$40

97,500

$5.2m

$3.9m

$1.3m

$650th

9

130,000

$40

97,500

$5.2m

$3.9m

$1.3m

$650th

10

130,000

$40

97,500

$5.2m

$3.9m

$1.3m

$650th

11

130,000

$40

97.500

$5.2m

$3.9m

$1.3m

$650th

12

130,000

$40

97,500

$5.2m

$3.9m

$1.3m

$650th

* Tons dumped per year with no recycling. The cost per year shown in column (5) is equal to 350,000 tons times the tipping fee (no recycling).

** Tipping fee per ton.  Beginning in the sixth year, this fee rises to $40 per ton.

# Tons dumped per year after 25% of the waste stream has been recycled. This extends the useful life of the landfill by an additional one year and eight months. The cost shown in column (6) is the tipping fee multiplied by the number of tons which remain to be dumped after 25% of the waste stream has been recycled.

## It costs $650,000 per year--at $20 per ton---to recycle 25% of the waste stream.

NOTE: All dollar figures are rounded except for those in columns (5) and (8).