Welcome to Commodity Prices Corner! This new column will provide MRF managers and municipal officials with an overview of major fluctuations in market values for key commodities that are marketed as a result of curbside and depot programs. In particular, ONP and aluminum are likely to be frequent focuses since these materials have had the highest historical impact on these programs. Other materials are likely to be included over time. Our goal is to describe and, if possible, forecast trends in commodity revenues. Specific prices will not be reported, however, as they vary geographically and this publication serves a national audience.
Behind the scene on this column is CSR: Corporations Supporting Recycling. CSR produces a monthly publication called The CSR Sheet that reports spot market pricing for metals, glass, plastic and fibre as well as a composite index for materials collected at curbside.
For more information on CSR, contact Damian Bassett at 416-594-3456, extension 229 or visit www.csr.org. (The CSR Sheet in located under “Publications.”)